BlackBerry Messenger may come preloaded on some Android devices

BlackBerry Messenger may come preloaded on some Android devices
BlackBerry Messenger fans were pretty excited when the news finally came out that the messaging service would go cross-platform and make its way to both iOS and Android this summer. And, it sounds like BlackBerry has been working with Android handset makers in the lead-up to launch because a new report says that BBM could come preloaded on some Android devices.

Like today's news about BlackBerry's next flagship phone, the A10, this news comes from CNET. which had interviewed BlackBerry's chief operating officer (COO) Kristian Tear. Tear said, "There is interest from other handset makers," but didn't mention specific companies that BlackBerry has been in talks with. Tear also didn't elaborate on when BBM for Android would be released, nor if the devices with the service preloaded would be targeted to the U.S., although he did seem to imply the strategy may be targeted at countries where BBM is more actively used. 

There has been talk is being abandoned by American users, who are switching to more popular platforms like Android and iOS. Tear tried to dispel that rumor saying that BBM has an active user base of 61 million customers around the world, and 70% of those users are daily users. Of course, for comparison's sake, WhatsApp has more than 200 million users. 

source: CNET

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16 Comments

1. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

BBM was the last good exclusive BB had. Now there is no reason to buy a BB.

3. natesvlogs

Posts: 40; Member since: May 15, 2012

am I missing something? what was so great about BBM? serious question. I had a blackberry and didn't even use it.

13. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

That likely meant you didn't have any mature/tech-friends pre-iPhone era.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Like there ever was to begin with.

2. cse.vicky unregistered

Well, thats a pretty good start to moving towards BB Services, I would say. If they will not be able to fight with BB phones ( or which they might be selling), they can still continue with their BB services. May be they can be professional services on Android phones :). So definitely a good start to put their name out.

4. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

A moment of silence for those who purchased a Blackberry just to use BBM.

9. rocketlog

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Actually, it's a good thing for them. They get to chat with more people and won't have to have more than one messaging app running, if they can get their Android and iOS friends to switch over to BBM from whatever messaging service they're currently using. That's a giant IF, from what I can see. With so many solid messaging services available for Android and iOS, BBM will have to bring a lot more to the table if they want to start a cross-platform userbase.

15. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

best comment i've read all day,+1000 thumbs up!

5. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Seems like a smart move financial wise. So many iOS and Android users...

6. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

If it BB goes through with it I hope they think it over carefully cause then there would be no sales for BB10 Devices cause people will just get BBM for Android or iPhone then who'd buy a BB?

8. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Android™®© is all you will need!

12. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

You may find this cray-zeeee but there are apparently people out there that needs real se-cur-i-teee.

7. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Gee, yet another bloatware app to remove. Just saying, if people really wanted it, they could get it off the Play Store, no need to rub it down our throats. Same applies to pretty much every non-essential stock app.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Preloaded? Whatever happened to having a choice?

14. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

There, you just sumarized my post. BTW some manufacturers include "uninstallable" stock apps, which are never actually gone for good.

16. Rager722 unregistered

BBM is going to run a strong competition against whatsapp and kik

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