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Future LG Phones to Launch With BBM Pre-installed, Gets Baked Into the G Pro Lite First

LG and BlackBerry announced a new deal this morning, that will have BBM come pre-installed on upcoming devices from the Korean manufacturer, starting with the G Pro Lite. According to BlackBerry, this will help phone buyers access one of the world’s premier mobile communication services. The app sure has come a long way since being delayed time and time again on Android, so we think its good that BlackBerry has been able to squeeze a bit more life out of this service. 

Kevin Shin, Vice President of Marketing for Asia for LG spoke on the deal, saying that the G Pro Lite is the perfect device to take advantage of BlackBerry’s messaging service.

BBM is widely used throughout the Middle East, Africa and Indonesia where smartphone users tend to engage heavily in social networking. The LG G Pro Lite offers an optimized BBM experience with its large, high quality display and embedded Stylus Pen.

From what we can tell, this preloading will first take place in emerging and developing markets, and then probably hit the bigger markets like the U.S. and Europe. LG and BlackBerry didn’t hint as to what future devices we could see BBM come on, but that was expected.

From what Google Play shows, BBM has been downloaded by millions of people. Apparently it’s somewhat popular; we just don’t know with who.

Via: BlackBerry
  • Hopefully LG doesn’t do this for US phones.

  • Ya buddy

    I came for the group of girls… Lol

  • joejoe5709

    Great. More bloat to remove.

    • michael arazan

      And you know it’ll be baked into their version of an android skin, and not to mention the data it’ll send back for them to sell. LG =Bah Humbug

  • sagisarius

    The difference between American marketing and Korean marketing. In America the phone makes you a master of your busy hurried life… in Korea it apparently makes you a young woman who wears vibrant colored clothing!

    • laheelahee

      they’re not even Korean. this is for the release in Taiwan w/ a Taiwanese idol group called Popu Lady

      • sagisarius

        Ha, that’s even better! I just love the contrast with how American marketing is so “this phone will make you even more awesome”. I guess we do have a little bit of that “hey, here are some happy celebrities using this phone”… but you don’t see it much anymore.

  • kriter

    BBM has improved lots since the last updates. You can do screen sharing, video and phone call internationally with no extra charges but I also don’t agree with bloatware. Why not let people choose what they want on their phones. Also, you can download BBM on Android and IPhone for free. This is the 1st BBM version that doesn’t include video or screen sharing yet so maybe having it pre loaded will give those awesome features.

  • Ccrazyman

    I prefer WhatsApp anyway

  • Mike H.

    Gosh Dammit! I bet this deal is why there is no kitkat for the G2 yet. I bet it will be thrown in…..ill gladly now change my vote for rooted vs nonrooted. I dont want this junk.

  • Blue Sun

    This is another loss for the Android community. Stop with the bloatware already.

  • Intellectua1

    Honestly BBM is not as bad as people like to say it is.. I use it and its awesome.. No bugs just a smooth experience..

  • xgshortbus25

    BBM is horrible no one I know uses it I checked it out for all about 3 minutes and uninstalled it no thanks! I’ll keep rockin my just plain text app it does all I need! Moto X

    • Intellectua1

      Actually as much as people bash BBM its not horrible I got rid of what’s app and got all my friends on BBM and its awesome. I don’t have random conversations with random people from all over the world anymore like I use to but its still one of the top instant messengers IMO.

  • ToddAwesome

    Objects look so much larger than normal in their hands. Just sayin….

  • monkey082506

    People still own Blackberries?

  • Dan

    It would be cool to have an orgy with these whores. Just Sayin

    • While an orgy would be sweet, let’s not go getting all hateful and calling them whores. Grow up, Dan.

    • Larry Wei

      It would be cool to not post ignorant comments. Just Sayin

      • anna willoughby

        These responses are why I love the comment section of this site.

    • calculatorwatch

      They get paid to look cute and hold phones… Tell me you wouldn’t do that if you could.

  • mustbepbs

    Big fuc*ing mistake.

  • Indianajonze

    another example why i’ll never buy anything other than a nexus device for personal use. no need for this crap

  • So nobody wants Blackberry as a company, but BBM is desirable? – yawn –

  • Mark

    So you think its a good thing that BBM comes pre-installed on a phone but complain about new phones having too much bloatware…

    I’m confused

    • Blue Sun

      What article were you reading?

      • Mark

        From above:

        “The app sure has come a long way since being delayed time and time again on Android, so we think its good that BlackBerry has been able to squeeze a bit more life out of this service.”

  • Boblank84

    so bbm is now bloatware… Good job rim

  • Albert

    Google needs to work on making Hangouts a first class experience.

    • kriter

      I agree!

  • chris kilps

    So when is the blackberry andriod phone going to come out?

  • turdbogls

    C’mon LG….you were just starting to get on my good graces….then you go release a phone with physical buttons again, and now this…awesome.

  • Guest

    so when is the the blackberry andriod phone going to come out?

    • BillySuede

      seems that would be the logical next step.