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Samsung Partners With BlackBerry, Will Offer BBM on All Galaxy Devices in Africa

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Today, out of Android’s Twilight Zone, Samsung announced a partnership with BlackBerry to bring BlackBerry Messenger to all Galaxy devices through Google Play and its proprietary App store. What makes the move interesting is that Messenger’s launch has been highly anticipated by those who care, but the service is said to be launching just in Africa, with no word on it going anywhere else globally. 

Now, this could just be an announcement of an exclusive partnership to bring the app to all Galaxy devices in Africa, and a launch of BBM could happen separately for other Android users around the world. We will have to await more details from BlackBerry on what to expect. Samsung’s George Ferreira, VP and COO of Samsung Electronics Africa, had this to say on the newest partnership.

At Samsung we are all about collaboration, innovation and driving consumer experience based on choice, value and customisation to suit every lifestyle. As such, bringing a top tier messaging service such as BBM is another way that we are expanding the catalogue of our messaging services and offering customers an amazing way to stay instantly connected with colleagues, friends and family.

Is anyone still waiting for BBM to hit Android? We have been talking about this for years it seems.

Via: CrackBerry

  • bionicwaffle

    On one hand I want to say “Great, now I can IM both people I know who have a Blackberry.” On the other hand, hopefully someone at Google will think the screen sharing feature is pretty cool and implement it in Hangouts. Well, if the Android version includes the screen sharing.

  • Gnex

    I use iMessage on my iPhone, buy you all should probably use
    BBM on Galaxy Devices.

  • Intellectua1

    I’m desperately waiting on this in America.. What happened to the US getting stuff 1st.. Have we lost our importance…

  • Rob

    Not excited for BBM at all. Maybe if they brought it to market before WhatsApp, Kik, ChatOn, and the numerous other apps that exist, I might have been excited.

  • Xious

    I would have been interested in BBM a couple years ago, but I love the new Hangouts and will probably look nowhere else.

  • CasperTFG

    I guess the issue becomes, when is the Congo getting 4.3?

  • S2556

    I’ll give it a shot but not holding my breath lol

  • David Quinones

    glad to know if i’m ever stuck in the seregeti i have an option.

  • Please bundle BBM in Europe as well (in favor of ChatOn)
    Maybe Samsung wants to ditch Samsung ChatOn.

    Personally I despise that chat service!

  • Ryan B

    Now everyone can talk to that one guy that still has a blackberry.

  • Mike Hilal

    BBM will never hit android other than on a Galaxy device

  • Ej McCarty

    And in other news. Paint dries once put onto a wall.

    • JoshGroff

      Tell me more.

      • Ej McCarty

        I guess people in homes all over the world are applying the paint, but for some odd reason it is magically become adhesive to the wall and getting less sticky. More updates as the reports come in.

        • Tyler Durden

          This is amazing

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          Does the paint have a motive? Has a link to Al Queda been established yet? How does this affect Benghazi?

    • Steven3331

      Nancy explained I am shocked that some people able to earn $4332 in one month
      on the internet. did you see this……………www.bar28.ℂom

      • Weber

        I doubt Nancy told you everything. She’s been singing that same old song for years now, yet, she drives a ’92 Civic? Come on.

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          I bet it was Nancy Grace 😛

  • hfoster52

    And there was the collective *YAWN*

  • RoadsterHD1


    • Justin W


  • imhowie

    Could not care less about BBM on android.

    • JoshGroff

      Not using contractions, one of the tell tale signs that someone is lying.

      • imhowie

        You didn’t use any contractions in that statement. Is that statement a lie?

        • JoshGroff

          No, but the cake is.

          Also: http://liespotting.com/liespotting-basics/words/ Relevant

          • imhowie

            How about “you’re an idiot” for a response? I used a contraction, so it must be true.

          • JoshGroff

            I was being facetious with my first statement, but clearly you decided to take it offensively.

  • Good job to everyone involved.

    Btw, in Williamsburg Brooklyn they had a Blackberry “experience” truck parked in front of the park last Wednesday. I walked by and looked interested but the 3 staffers were smoking cigs and generally disinterested.

  • Knlegend1

    Thats actually interesting.

  • Alex Goings

    I care so shockingly little about this story it hurts…

    • Thanks for expressing your disinterest with a comment 🙂 We do appreciate and truly value it!

      • Alex Goings

        No problem! Thought you guys would appreciate it!

    • JoshGroff

      News is news, sometimes you care, most of the times, you don’t.

  • Shane Redman

    Didn’t samsung have their own chat client??? “Chat On” I think it was off hand…

    • starnovsky

      Blackberries are still very popular in developing countries (because they cheap, have long battery life and work fine on 2G networks) and Samsung is simply looking to add BBM compatibility to it’s devices. In US and Europe BBM is pretty much done for, so Samsung doesn’t care.

      • Not sure what its like on the S4 but on the S3 and prior ChatOn also pretty much done for unless Korean!
        I think Samsung would care abit!

        Both BBM and ChatOn are in company!

    • JoshGroff

      Yep, that’s it.

  • Nexus_FrEak


  • Chris Bailey

    Leave it to BB to wait to put their only good feature on other devices – and still manage to do it so late that it’s obsolete.

  • Tyler Durden

    Africa? I’d imagine only south africa.

    • starnovsky

      Cell phones are the primary communication and internet source in all parts of Africa

      • Weber

        I’d have guessed tin cans and string

        • starnovsky

          You guessed wrong

          • chihova

            Very wrong. Africa is the next big untapped market for the wireless industry. You cannot set up shop in Africa fast enough. Everyone is trying to get in and make it work. There are already numerous native wireless carriers up and running in Africa.

          • Weber

            Then I’d like to know who’s getting all that string and empty cans of corn I’ve been sending.

        • Ej McCarty


        • Rob

          REALLY long string.

          • Weber

            I got a string guy.

          • Rob

            That actually made me chuckle a little out loud. +1 to you

    • Tyler Durden

      I’d give the Congo a fighting chance at receiving it.