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Video: BBM for Android Receives Hands-on Tour


Well, there it is – BBM for Android. Thanks to a beta build shown off on video over the weekend, we now know what to expect from Blackberry’s formerly popular instant messaging client outside of a release date. It’s a Blackberry 10-esque version of Blackberry Messenger that works on Android. You’ve got group chats, emoticons, NFC contact sharing, an ongoing BBM icon notification (in case you forgot it was running), and even that snazzy little BBM notification sound. 

So yeah, it’s just another IM client in a world filled with too many IM clients. Blackberry had their chance to port this over years ago to other platforms when it was relevant and make it fly, but refused as they continued grasping at straws. At this point, all a BBM release to Android or iOS would do is help kill off Blackberry’s smartphone business as it’s simply another excuse for Blackberry users to jump ship.

We still aren’t sure if this is going to come to Samsung devices initially or if Blackberry will open it up onto the Play store. We really don’t care all that much, to tell you the truth. Google Hangouts and the other dozen or so IM clients we have had at our fingertips for years are working just fine.

Via:  BlackberryOS

  • paulmike3

    Persistent notifications… *shiver* No wonder BlackBerry is just about through…


    The Android and iPhone app must be released at the same time or this is another fail

  • Daniel Reitzell

    Honestly, people think this is relevant? I personally could care less… Maybe somewhere someone might like this… not me.

  • DanSan

    can i retrieve my pin from my old curve 8330 and use it on this? lol

  • R-Monroe

    Watching this video made me feel like I was back in the 90’s BBM used to be awesome before there were other clients. Someone needs to purchase Blackberry and convert it over to Android. That could be there Android for business section!

  • spickle

    “and they even brought over the BBM ringtone which is really really cool” no it’s not. i don’t know anyone that still uses a Blackberry and would care about BBM anymore. seems like Kik is the go to for cross platform IMs at the moment.

  • Bretton Key

    So will this have file sharing abilities? That’s the only thing that will make it relevant to me.

  • This is sad… the only justification for BBM was the market share that BlackBerry had. Which is long gone.

    As for messaging services… no SMS, no care.

  • Jeff

    Amazing! You can type a message made up of text and it goes to someone else?! Why are there no other apps that can do this?!

    • michael arazan

      I think it took this long just designing all the smiley face emoticans

  • jeff manning

    lol htc first

  • Larry Bublitz

    Bring it. 🙂

  • Justin Kos

    I’m still looking for a unified messaging app, sorta like what hangouts should have been..cough sms

  • epps720

    Didn’t realize anyone actually bought and HTC First. He must have been the first… and the last!

  • Korey Page

    I may be in the minority but I really wished Google Talk turned out with some of these functions instead of Hangouts. Missing status updates which were helpful.

  • tech247

    Eagerly awaiting BBM for my Nexus.

  • David Verba

    Would this be secure messaging (NSA) compared to regular SMS?

    • Frettfreak

      there is no such thing in reality. maybe a “false sense of” secure messaging. But if you send it electronic, they can read it. period,.

  • Mrpicolas

    Poor poor BlackBerry.. I am currently wondering when the end is coming.. It’s tough watching a fighter so punch drunk that just keeps trying to get back up but never quite does

  • BrandoHD

    You guys seriously underestimate the use of Blackberry devices and BBM in third world countries, only self centeredness and an apparent lack of foresight is shining through in the article

    Whenever this is released, just watch at the downloads section in the Play Store, it may be one of three fastest, if not the fastest downloaded app

    • Stephen Poore

      I actually disagree. I don’t doubt that it will be downloaded at a high rate, there is no question about that. However, Blackberry in third world countries isn’t sustainable. The devices are too expensive and are being phased out by low-cost handsets with a lower price point debuting in these emerging markets. There,is nothing self-centered about the obvious demise of Reasearch in Motion (RIM, Blackberry); Wallstreet can see it, Droid-life can see it, consumers can see it, carriers can see it–it’s coming.

    • Frettfreak

      Yeah, there will be a lot of downloads. everyone that used to have a blackberry will download it, try it out for nostalga, realize there is nothing that hangouts or one of the other thousands of IM apps cant do and move on.

    • Big_EZ

      This is an American site that is mainly based on one US carrier. Why would they take other markets into consideration in their articles?

  • AndrewScottRox

    This just seems to be DOA. Blackberry is dead, why beat the horse (berry)?

  • CasperTFG

    Settings/Display/Sleep/After 2 minutes of inactivity

  • htowngtr

    Does anyone care?

  • Sean Plantz

    Used to use BBM all the time when I actually knew anybody with a blackberry, Guess its cool because of the fact that BBM is actually pretty good, but good luck finding people you know on it.

  • Ajmcnicol

    And this is why I dont know why blackberry doesnt go android.
    They make great software and hardware. They dont need to waste money into an OS they cant maintain.
    If they make a switch to Android, they can concentrate on great hardware, on great software for it. BBM..etc..Android isnt the most secure platform..so they could easily make a security layer and features on top of it to distinguish themselves and really stand out and appeal to the business croud again.
    A secure, newly invigorated Blackberry who is putting their time and money into the features they are most known for vice in a dead end OS

    • Jordan

      I wouldn’t mind this at all. I’d love to be interested in blackberry again.

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        I’m still looking for a unified messaging app, sorta like what hangouts should have been..cough sms

    • BobbyG

      Been saying this for years. They can easily standout from other OEMs with their security/enterprise features along with bbm.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      BB10 is actually quite good. With the Android runtime that allows you to run Android apps it fixes the problem with lack of apps. Of course, it requires converting an APK to a BAR file which takes a little bit of time.