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BBM for Android and iOS is finally rolling out (for real this time) and it looks that BlackBerry’s still got it.

The troubled Canadian phone maker proudly announced that five million users downloaded the Android and iOS versions of BlackBerry Messenger in the first eight hours of availability.

The figure only includes users who downloaded the app and activated their BBM account, so the actual number may be higher. That’s a fairly impressive number for a service that has been until now exclusive to a dwindling platform.

Last week, the company reported that six million users enlisted to download BBM. It appears that BlackBerry’s move to set up a waiting list for users to gain access to BBM worked out, as we haven’t heard of service disruptions so far.

For those of you who are new to BBM for Android, BlackBerry prepared some helpful hands-on video to get you up and running. Check them out:

In case you want to try it out, BBM for Android is available on the Play Store here. You will have to sign up with your email to enter the waiting list, so patience is advised.

Is there room for another cross-platform messaging service in your life?