BlackBerry plans to launch a version of its messaging application to work on Apple mobile phones.

The Android and iOS hybrid is due to be available from summer and will initially just feature messaging, but the Canadian company will then begin to expand into screen share and video.

It is thought the new application will work on phones that have either iOS 6 or Android Ice Cream Sandwich and any later releases.

However, it remains unclear whether the new BBM will work on Nokia Lumia phones that run Microsoft's Windows Phone.

BlackBerry states that it wants to be the premium multi-messaging option, but it has serious, already established, rivals like WhatsApp and iMessage to fight it out with.

Channels has also been announced by the firm, which is a "social engagement platform" within BBM allowing users to follow brands, people and bands.

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