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BBM for Android leaks out, “should be out by 2012”

0. phoneArena 03 Oct 2011, 07:01 posted on

Rumor about RIM releasing an Android version of its hugely popular free BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) have been floating around for a while, but up until now they were lacking substance…

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posted on 03 Oct 2011, 07:12

1. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Maybe the app comes free but the service is paid like whatsapp, wonder if sammys new messenger can become popular before we see bb on Android and ios

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 17:07

18. joeycarranco (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


whatsapp doesnt charge you..

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 02:04

21. MRz (unregistered)


whatsapp does charge you. you just get one year free but you must paid fo the following year...

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 07:42

2. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


I wonder if blackberry is eventually going to incorporate android more even have some models come with android but with a interface change like sence ui from htc. Palm used to offer windows mobile on there phones sometimes so it would not surprise me at all. It could also be a good way to stay profitable. That might be cool to have android in the background with a blackberry interface. DUI access to android apps not just some of them

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 08:38

3. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Was that phone some cat's scratch post?

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 09:05

4. lolz (unregistered)


RIM should make QNX powered Blackberries for businesses and Android powered devices for mainstream use.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 09:27 3

5. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I just don't know if I can believe this one. It's getting harder and harder to believe rumors nowadays because people are going to greater lengths to make their "rumor" look true. It wouldn't be too difficult to write a program and display an icon and even a feature a page of BBM without Blackberry even being attached. I honestly think people just sit around and wonder what rumor they can start a buzz with next just so they can say "I did that."

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 10:23

9. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


guess you aren't the only one thinking that, its really easy to make an app look like some BBM rumor.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 13:44

17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5534; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Over on crackberry, they are doubting the rumor. Personally, until I see something from RIM about BBM on Android, I am in the doubting column.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 09:29

6. cybervlad81 (Posts: 83; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)


This is more the last nail in the coffin for RIM, in my opinion. Just making it easier for customers to leave. A friend going to Android doesn't force me to android, I can still chat over other apps, BB to Android. Its when they touch their friends phone they get the fever. Android or iPhone, both are so much better that what RIM has to offer.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 10:12

7. Forsaken77 (Posts: 546; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


How would it stop people from leaving RIM, Victor? If anything, it'll give them more reason to leave.... that one of they're beloved features is available on a competing OS. So if they were on the fence about switching, this will give them more reason to do so, not less.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 10:28

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


others are making services with bbm like functionality, so its a matter of time before people don't use bbm but rather services that allow them to talk with people regardless of their device, rim could still sell some of their features as services that people could buy and use on their device regardless of their branding, they can still use the bbm and bb hype they have left to turn bbm into a profitable service on on blackberry devices

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 10:44

12. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


You may not be giving the Crackberry crowd enough credit for their loyalty. This, if true as Jeff da Beat pointed out, will give the loyal users of RIM every excuse to stick around. They can use their beloved service with the vastly more popular system their friends and family have.

The "on the fence" Blackberry users will not stick around due to BBM, but all the other functions that had better be addressed with QNX. It is what RIM has been pointing to for over 2 years- let us get the Playbook out, adjust the QNX to Smartphones, and you will have no reason to leave. If RIM fails to deliver those functions in 2012, that will be way more damaging. I actually like the idea of BBM to Android. It shows RIM isn't scared of the Google platform.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 10:13 1

8. ryq (unregistered)


if this is true then no one will buy blackberry phone anymore. and blackberry will just turn into a apps and software maker.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 10:48

13. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Again, I disagree. There are truly die hard BB fans out there. I won't repeat myself as I just typed a response to @forsaken, but just go to Crackberry.com and see the number of posts by the loyal crowds. They are dying for a reason to stay with or come back to Blackberry. RIM just needs to give em that reason. This would be a selling point, not a death blow.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 10:38 1

11. G-Reg (unregistered)


BB needs to get their head out of their arse. Spend your time comming up with something usefull that will actually help your company join the new age of tech instead of making it easier for the bb lovers to switch

I had the 8330 curve(?) the thing was a BEAST. Pure and simple that thing was rugged without the lable. They gained alot of respect from me when they could have made the device more sleek and tempting, but chose to go the route that would make it stand up to day to day use and the occasional "OO FU(K" situation we all have been in one time or another.

Please, RIM, have something sweet up your sleeve. We need some more diversity in the market, and damnit, you have the power to make an impact. USE IT

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 10:50

14. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Well said!! RIM is out of excuses. QNX is on the level of Android and the iPhone, or they watch as Windows passes them by and they are a different company by the end of 2013.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 13:10

15. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Should this rumour be true, the app possibly will be:

1. a paid app. I don't believe RIM would use their own resources so extensively for no revenue. Makes no business sense. But then RIM has made a lot of dubious business decisions in the past. Even in the present... If they release it for free, that would be one of the worst ever decisions they take. iOS and Android peeps are so desperate for BBM right now, they would buy it even for $100.
Or maybe they release the first official version for free and it expires after 1 month of use, prompting a paid version. BBM is very addictive, they will want more of it, and they will have little choice other than to buy.

2. data intensive i.e. costly to use. This because of file transfers and also the fact that one will always be online without the option of logging off or killing the app.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 13:11

16. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Should this rumour be true, the app possibly will be:

1. a paid app. I don't believe RIM would use their own resources so extensively for no revenue. Makes no business sense. But then RIM has made a lot of dubious business decisions in the past. Even in the present... If they release it for free, that would be one of the worst ever decisions they take. iOS and Android peeps are so desperate for BBM right now, they would buy it even for $100.
Or maybe they release the first official version for free and it expires after 1 month of use, prompting a paid version.

2. data intensive i.e. costly to use. This because of file transfers and also the fact that one will always be online without the option of logging off or killing the app.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 19:42

19. M0nkeyBr (Posts: 77; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)


I hope its sumthing like Xbox Live where you pay for how long you use it

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