The new version of BBM also supports photo sharing in multi-person chats.
BBM is available as a free download in the Google Play market, Apple App Store and Samsung App Store.
The software was originally expected to debut on Android and i Phone devices on 21 and 22 September last year, respectively, but this was scrapped after an incomplete version of BBM for Android appeared online hours before its official launch.
The app comes preloaded onto Black Berry devices allowing users to call, text, video chat and share screens with other Black Berry users via 3G and free over Wi-Fi.
Using the Black Berry Group feature, you can privately share calendar events, photos and other documents with up to 30 other BBM users.
BBM Protected is the first business specific upgrade.