RIM bringing BlackBerry Messenger to Android, iOS

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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  • Woohoo!

    This is actually great news, and I hope the progress and development only gets better.

    Let's face it, for BB users, they generally love BBM. Losing it on another phone is usually one of their top 3 gripes. Having to run multiple chat apps is not difficult, just an inconvenience.

    This has potential to basically unify most of the platforms on a single chat app (even if neutered in other os's). I've tried google talk in the past, and I'm not going to pay for the trillian app for my phone either. I still very much prefer BBM most days.

    You can count me as looking forward to this.
  • RE: RIM bringing BlackBerry Messenger to Android, iOS

    This could get interesting as I have an iPhone and have several friends who are on blackberry... I'm using my work blackberry to chat with them using BBM but I'd much rather use my personal phone than my business phone for that.
  • RE: RIM bringing BlackBerry Messenger to Android, iOS

    Isn't WhatsApp a much better option if there is not going to be any Video, Photos or Location sharing in the non-Blackberry OS version of BBM?
  • Now if we could get...

    Blackberry Calendaring and Email on Android! :) OR... Maybe RIM could make a nice new more powerful touch screen blackberry and release it on all carriers?
  • RE: RIM bringing BlackBerry Messenger to Android, iOS

    I hear WhatsApp is really good but you've got to convince people to install it. BBM comes installed on Blackberries and plenty of people have those.<br><br>I don't care about video or photo sharing. It's so rare I'd need that. If I did I'd just MMS it or Share it to their FB Wall.

    I also don't care about BB's extra security. SMS isn't exactly secure if I break it down but I still send hundreds of texts a month.
  • RE: RIM bringing BlackBerry Messenger to Android, iOS

    I am excited too as I miss the D/R status updates from BBM on my HTC Thunderbolt. Does any other msg software confirm delivery like that?
    • RE: RIM bringing BlackBerry Messenger to Android, iOS


      Try PingChat.
  • RE: RIM bringing BlackBerry Messenger to Android, iOS

    Check ReChat (Android messenger):
    - Facebook, Yahoo!?, Google Talk, WLM/MSN, Jabber/XMPP;
    - group chat (Yahoo!?, Google Talk, WLM/MSN, XMPP);
    - voice calls to Google Talk and Yahoo contacts;
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    - plain/bubble view, font packs, send image/video, copy/paste, password, add/remove contacts.

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    Yahoo!?: conferences (create/invite).
    Google Talk: group chat, new email notification, unread emails w/o content.
    WLM/MSN: rooms (create/invite).
    Jabber/XMPP: rooms (create/invite).
  • RE: RIM bringing BlackBerry Messenger to Android, iOS

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  • RE: RIM bringing BlackBerry Messenger to Android, iOS

    If they are going to limit the functionality on other devices, they might as well open that somewhat limited service to 3rd party developers, that might help to get an app out faster and make us all see what we're missing...
  • RE: RIM bringing BlackBerry Messenger to Android, iOS

    "When pressed by DevCon attendees inquiring about Android support in the future, BlackBerry Developer Program senior director Chris Smith claimed there are "no plans for it." Vice president of developer relations Alec Saunders also claimed he "wasn't aware of it.""