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BBM Hits Beta Testing Stage, Because Someone Out There Still Wants It


We have been hearing rumors that Blackberry Messenger is coming to Android for almost a year now. Seems like every few months, just when we have forgotten about it, another leaked screenshot or release date comes out to remind us that Blackberry is still working on it. Emails have been sent out to members of a Blackberry Beta group that BBM for Android is available for download right now for testing. 

If the email is to be believed, the app is still on track to be launched “later this summer,” which only gives them a few more weeks to get it tested. It also looks like rumors that the app will work on devices with Android 4.0 and above is true. Hopefully after all this time in development the app is going to be worth it.

Are you waiting for this app at all? Or has BBM lost its luster after all this time?


  • Intellectua1

    And that someone is I.. I would still love to have this as long as I can get a PIN and trade it on Crackberry like back in the day.. Man I use to have random people hitting me up from all over the world it was awesome.. This is the only thing I’ve always missed from BB

  • mike

    I wish google would buy BB just for the patents, so we could get true push email for all accounts (and types) and the FTP that BBM uses. Then integrate that into hangouts so we can send files/videos/etc from peer to peer w/o uploading to google +

  • Nicholas Hrycun

    I asked my kids today if they would use BBM. They asked what is Black Berry? Is that from the era of CDs?

  • Alex Goings

    I love how this is the only post from today where the comments aren’t about the Moto X. I think everyone is so supprised to see that BBM is still a thing that they temperarily forget about the X.

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      Until now….

  • ShadrachCA

    It’s really too bad BB waited this long to make BBM cross platform. Back when I had a BB, I loved it and it was one of the things that gave me pause about switching platforms (many of my friends too). Now that it has been a few years and everyone I know has moved on to either iOS or Android, BBM will be yet another messaging service. I’ll give it a shot when it comes out, sure, but it’s doubtful it will have the same network effect at this point to make it a go-to for everyone.

  • Weber

    *chirp chirp*

  • Under the bridge downtown

    I would love to use it. This will be true cross platform, fee free texting. I trust BlackBerry much more than WhatsApp.

    • Michael Quinlan

      Texting is already as cross-platform as you’ll get – more so than any app that requires a smart phone could ever be. And with Google Voice I can make my part free without having anyone else change anything or install yet another app. I fail to see how BBM will improve things if “free” and “cross-platform” are the main criteria.

      • Under the bridge downtown

        If BBM goes cross platform, you can text using iOS, Android, Blackberry and maybe WinMo. Texting is not free, does not have read receipts, video chat, or any other features. Plus, Google apps scare me as they tend to let them die. Google Voice is great but you never know when Google will get bored with it and sunset it.

  • timrcm

    Can RIM just go out of business already, please?..

    • Jeremy Gross

      or they could use their hardwear on andorid

  • CasperTFG

    BBL should offer to fund the target of the Ubuntu Edge phone’s Indiegogo campaign
    in exchange for controlling interests to be competitive again. And call it a day.

  • chris420o

    woo bbm!…bbm thumbs up!…oh bb…always late to the party arriving sober when everyones already drunk

    • JoshGroff

      I did that on my friend’s 21st birthday. Fun times.

  • TheRobotCow

    What is this Blackberry you speak of?

  • Carl W.

    This is about 4 years too late. I can’t even remember the last time I saw anyone under 50 with a blackberry device.

  • Futbolrunner

    Blackberry’s story is starting to look like SEGA’s.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    I actually switched to a BlackBerry Z10 recently because I was getting bored with Android and wanted to try something new. So far it’s been great. The OS, while far from being perfect, is quite nice. BBM is actually awesome. I can’t wait for it to be released for Android so I can use it on my N7.

    • MikeCiggy

      You bumped your head..

      • El_Big_CHRIS


    • Shane Redman

      How does one get bored with an OS that is almost limitless in how you use it?

      • JoshGroff

        I’m not sure.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        It just happens. I’d been using Android since the G1. Sometimes it’s just time for something new.

        • TheWhiteLotus

          There is no one Android. Android has a huge number of variations that look and act completely different device to device.

          • JoshGroff

            Not to mention the different themes, keyboards, launchers, and ROMs. You can basically turn an android device into whatever you want it to be. (Want WP8 ui, go for it)

          • Rusty Shackleford

            I’ve flashed tons of different ROMs, tried many different keyboards, and tried multiple launchers (Nova being my favorite). I’ve also tried many different UCCW skins and other apps/widgets to make awesome homescreens. That’s why I kept and still use my Nexus 7. I guess I’m an idiot for just wanting to try something new.

          • JoshGroff

            I love trying new things, which is precisely why I love android. Every time I get bored of it, there’s a new phone, launcher, keyboard, or feature to toy with. I’ve considered trying out Blackberry, but I’d have to pick one up cheap second hand to justify trying it out.

          • Philip A. Kaiser

            Even Hardcore motocross guys like a good cruise on a scooter every now and then… I see your point. Enjoy the variety while we still have some. I can admire that.

          • Rusty Shackleford

            See my comment to JoshGroff.

        • Shane Redman

          I can understand your point, was just asking.

    • JoshGroff

      I was thinking of jumping back to iOS for my tablet needs, and then I remembered I have a soul.

  • Drummer62

    Yawn :O

  • I didn’t even use this when I actually owned a BB.

    • Verizon

      I actually did, but it was to avoid texting charges.

      • Veriz0n

        Our customers have the best methods to avoid charges…little do they know grandfathered unltd data will be history soon! muahahahahaha

        • MikeCiggy


        • ReturnOfTheMack

          Don’t ruin our fun.

          And stop being in such a bad mood. 🙂

        • Weber

          You get outta here. We don’t take kindly to your types ’round here.

          • Veriz0n

            LOL. Sounds like a line straight out of a western.

          • Weber

            South Park, actually. See “Sexual Harrassment Panda” episode. Thank me later.

          • Veriz0n

            Which was probably taken from a western. I’ve seen every South Park episode…but I don’t memorize every line.
            Thank me never.

        • Jim

          I will continue to rape your network for 50+ gigs/month until it’s gone. In fact, I’ll start running torrents on it overnight while streaming music just to make sure it clears 100.


    • Weber

      I did, but only because my jealous girlfriend at the time wanted to know if I’d read her messages and not responded. Those were dark times.

  • Steve B

    Blackberry’s going to really realize they’ve reached rock bottom when nobody uses this.

  • Verizon

    FINALLY! Said, no one.