BlackBerry: BBM will be pre-installed on certain Android phones

BlackBerry: BBM will be pre-installed on certain Android phones
BlackBerry announced this morning that BBM will be pre-installed on some future Android phones. Android models made by OEMs like Be, Brightstar, Celkon, EVERCOSS, IMO, Micromax, Mito, Snexian, Spice, TECNO, TiPhone and Zen will come with BBM pre-installed in Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America and the Middle East. Additionally, the troubled Canadian manufacturer will continue to offer BBM through the Google Play Store.

BBM allows users to chat one-on-one or in groups as large as 30 people. Eventually, BlackBerry will add Video Calling and Voice Calling to the app. Unlike other messaging apps that use a username or email address, users are given a PIN number which they use to initiate or accept conversations.

BlackBerry is moving BBM Channels from the Beta Zone to the BlackBerry App World later today. This feature will eventually be added to the Android version of BBM and allows members to join communities filled with people having the same interests. The iOS version of BBM will receive all of the same updates that Android users are expected to receive.

source: BlackBerry via Crackberry



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I don't want that carp on my phone!

5. Pattycakes

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

Oh good, I thought I was the only one worried about fishes in my phone.

10. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011


11. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Fishes lol Yup, carp is crap.

12. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Agreed. I find it interesting that when you have BBM installed it will slowly blow up in memory usage even if you haven't used the thing. All the apps I have running in the background don't even do this. I've notified BlackBerry but haven't heard a thing from them.

2. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1271; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

How about a big HELLLLLL NOOOOO??

3. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Those who want it have a right to, don't they? Your choice should not necessarily be everyone's choice should it?

4. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

As long as it can be completely un installed and removed that's OK. It's 2013 and most people don't need that.

7. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Dream on. OEM's enforced 'bloatware' can't be removed unless rooted.

6. TerryCrowley

Posts: 194; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Luckily, I sold my Gs4 and got a Nexus 5.

8. Caralho

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 18, 2012


9. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

I want blackberryhub on android :) please

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