Is RIM's famous BlackBerry Messenger app coming to Android and iOS phones?

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

"Do you guys have BBM?"

"No, I'm on an Android phone, and he has an iPhone."

"Doesn't matter anymore!"

Sounds rather peculiar that an app with the word "BlackBerry" in its name would ever work on competitors like Android and Apple's iOS, but Research in Motion's famous BlackBerry Messenger will be coming to both platforms in the future—Android first, then the iPhone, according to BGR's "multiple trusted sources."

Timing and pricing is pure speculation at this point, but the general concept sounds concrete. Before instant messaging competitors like WhatsApp and Kik came into play, it would have never made sense for RIM to give other platforms its renowned app. However, now it would make for a wise long-term strategy—after all, BGR notes that since RIM invented this space, why would it want to give it up to newcomers?

Quoth BGR:

As far as what Android and iOS users can look forward to, we’ve been told RIM will offer stripped down versions of the BBM experience BlackBerry owners know and love. That way, Android and iOS users can communicate with practically anyone who has a smartphone using BBM, but they might not be able to share photos, location, or videos (when RIM crosses that bridge). Users who want the full BlackBerry Messenger experience will still need a BlackBerry smartphone to get it. At the same time, RIM could own the entire messaging app category on every major smartphone OS platform and could potentially draw new users in because it has given them a taste of what BlackBerry Messenger is all about.

Android is expected to see BBM "some time this year," while seeing the app on the iOS is apt to take longer, and isn't as likely to end of happening.

Company:
BlackBerry
Website:
http://www.blackberry.com
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected. With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry. Not only did we introduce a... more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis or otherwise enjoying the outdoors. more



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