BlackBerry to make BBM version for Gingerbread powered Android phones

BlackBerry to make BBM version for Gingerbread powered Android phones
BlackBerry is working on a version of BBM for Android phones powered by the Gingerbread build of the open source OS. The messaging app will thus be available for the 21% of Android users still using Android 2.3.3-2.3.7. The app is now in external beta testing and is expected to be launched in February. BlackBerry says that it is excited to have millions of additional Android users using BBM. Currently, the app requires subscribers to have Android 4.0 or higher.

On its blog, BlackBerry indicates that it is offering this version of BBM in response to demand for it from those Android users sporting a Gingerbread powered handset. While the post didn't mention it, we assume that the BBM for Gingerbread users will also offer BBM Voice, BBM Channels and BBM Video. These will eventually be offered to the original BBM for Android and BBM for iOS apps.

BBM Voice allows users to make calls to other BBM members for free around the world. BBM Channels is a group of discussion and chat rooms, each covering a particular subject. BBM subscribers will be able to open their own rooms featuring their own topics, and corporations will also be sponsoring rooms of their own. BBM Video will allow subscribers to video chat with each other.

BlackBerry is planning on launching a version of BBM for Android users with Gingerbread

BlackBerry is planning on launching a version of BBM for Android users with Gingerbread


source: BlackBerry via AndroidCentral

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20 Comments

1. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

BBM is so old school... They shouldn't waste their money and resources on this. I thought they had more important things to worry about?!

3. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Waste their money?! Have you read the reports on how many iOS and Android users downloaded BBM in the first month?! 40 million! I hardly think that is a waste of money. If BBM is old school, then so is every instant messaging service out there. BBM is much like a social network, especially with the addition of BBM Channels. It's one of the things on a BlackBerry device that others sporting a handset with a different OS like. It's definitely kept up with the times, and gets better with each update. Have you even used BBM lately?

9. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

I downloaded it as well but I removed it the same day after seeing how simple and plain the app is... it takes up the whole screen with no added benefit... How many are using it today? Probalby not 40 million.

11. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

According to the latest usage stats on BBM, there are 85 million ACTIVE users of BBM. 40 million of them are from IOS/Android.

20. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

that's right... 45 million BB user 40 million iOS/android user that's it, and the number has been stable for 6 month. BBM is the real user here!! it download number keep on growing, but the user stay the same.

19. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Maybe you didn't got the memo. In 6 months after the realease (June 28th, 2014) bb were downloaded around 75 million+, but BBM only got 5 million new member in 6 month... FROM 80 million monthly BBM user to 85 million. ALL the 75 million other download is just NOT USING BBM anymore.

18. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

bb better liquidate everything faster.

2. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Why should new Blackberry devices ruin Android Gingerbread at its cores?

4. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Uh...what?

6. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Wait. I red it wrong :D

7. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

lol :D

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Another kick in the pants for wp. Ouch.

8. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

My question to PA is: why is the least important news about BlackBerry is being posted here but not the most important? Today, BlackBerry officially released 10.2.1.537 with hundreds of new features and I don't see a single article about it here. What's going on?

10. axllebeer

Posts: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Agreed, 1.000 times over. Today is the big day for many when 10.2.1 finally officially drops! (unless you are a Sprint customer)

12. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

I'm in total agreement, also. Luckily, PA just put something up about this Awesome update!

15. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

That something is not half of the features available in 10.2.1 so makes one wonder what is going on.

13. Alan01

Posts: 570; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

We covered the update both yesterday and today. Regards, Alan F.

14. axllebeer

Posts: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

After posting my comment, I went back to the main page of Phone Arena and saw the story had been posted. I swear it wasn't there before.

16. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Yes, after I left my comment you have posted the article or just about the same time.. Thanks for the effort.

17. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

At the moment, BBM isn't as widely used by many, so it still isn't a must have app for us WP users. However, it will surely be coming to WP in the near future. I don't think BlackBerry are gonna ignore the 45 plus million people that use WP devices for too long.

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