BlackBerry has been really cagey about when the future of BBM will unfold but they have been pretty straight about what is coming. Andrew Bocking, EVP of BBM at BlackBerry, took the stage at CBC’s The Morning Edition to state that “we have other ideas on how to monetize the service” aka BBM. He said that BlackBerry has a new social engagement platform in BBM. They said during the interview that BBM channels will be launching soon but not putting a specific date.
Even more interesting was confirmation that Voice and Video calling is coming to BBM on Android and iOS users “in the near future” which they defined as “within months.”