RIM bringing BlackBerry Messenger to Android, iOS

Summary:Research In Motion wants to play nice with the Android and iOS mobile operating systems - at least when it comes to BlackBerry Messenger.

Research In Motion wants to play nice with the Android and iOS mobile operating systems - at least when it comes to BlackBerry Messenger.

According to Boy Genius Report and its "multiple trusted sources," RIM will bring the popular (and so far exclusive) BBM app to the Android Market and the iTunes App Store. At least eventually.

The Android version is expected to "launch some time this year" for sure, but details are less certain when it comes to prepping this app for iOS. That's not terribly surprising considering Apple's extra-strict app application process.

While this sounds fun and all, obviously it's not going to be the same as experiencing BBM on an actual BlackBerry. This app will be a stripped-down version that will focus on pure messaging and lack "photos, location, or videos."

One has to wonder then why you'd want to use BBM on an Android or iOS device at all. But if you have a BlackBerry handed out by your employer but want to BBM from your personal smartphone not running on BlackBerry OS, then this might fit your fancy.

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Topics: BlackBerry, Google, Hardware, Mobility


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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