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Pictures show BBM running on Android
Is RIM about to offer the BlackBerry Messenger service to Android users? The answer is a resounding yes if you believe the set of pictures that were obtained by TechnoBuffalo. In addition to the pictures, the site received a statement from a tipster who not only claims to be the source of the photos, but also alleges that he works for RIM.

The tipster said that he ran the BBM for Android app on a BlackBerry Android Dev phone which he says is very cheap and unstable. He says that the front 4 Android navigation buttons were stuck on and it is his belief that this phone will not be offered to the public. Earlier this week, other pictures were discovered of the BBM for Android app including one that showed a contact profile for someone named Nicole. The source said in his correspondence that Nicole is the default account for BBM testing. The tipster says that the app could be launched during DevCon in San Francisco from October 18th through the 20th.

RIM has denied having an Android flavored version of BlackBerry Messenger prepared and you should be skeptical about the pictures. Still, BBM is considered one of the best applications available to BlackBerry users. Any Android users out there hoping that this is for real?

source: TechnoBuffalo via BlackBerryOS


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posted on 04 Oct 2011, 23:50

1. Issac (unregistered)


Is that phone a prototype for developers?

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 23:51

2. mkp109 (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


Android should offer there own 'Droid Messenger' since as of now there is already BBM for RIM and with iOS 5 iPhones now have their own messenging system.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 03:17

7. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


They have, two to be fair, google. Talk and the google+ messenger

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 00:00

3. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


It would be nice if their was just one universal application that all smartphones used but then we wouldn't have to pay for texting and you know the carries would never go for that. :(

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 00:38 1

4. andrews (unregistered)


Something like whatsapp or liveprofile?

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 00:41

5. Dr.Phil (Posts: 915; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I can't wait for Samsung's ChatOn service. It looks very good and has so many features that iMessage and BBM leave out. Check it out:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMPEm147BPo

Also, you may want to mute it because the whistling music can get irritating.

EDIT: Also, what is with that Android phone? It has tape on the bottom saying what each button is. Looks like a pretty beat up Android phone to have BBM on.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 02:41

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


Exactly, why use beat-up phones like these. And the front buttons in the first two pics look very suspect. The rumor of BBM for Android could be true, but I don't trust the 1st 3 pics- look simulated.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 05:08 1

8. Kaushik (unregistered)


True on not, I find this a good idea. BBM should actually consider making paid apps for this and they may actually run a profit.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 07:44 1

9. ryq (unregistered)


if this is true then no one will buy blackberry phones anymore. blackberry will just be a apps developer.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 09:27

12. totok (unregistered)


naaaaah.... when you have whatsapp, you dont need anything else...

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