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Samsung Africa confirms BBM is coming to Samsung Galaxy models

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Samsung Africa confirms BBM is coming to Samsung Galaxy models
Even though RIM has not made it official yet, Samsung Africa has confirmed that BBM is going to be available for Samsung Galaxy phones. Reading the release issued by the regional Samsung office, it becomes apparent that BlackBerry Messenger will be available "soon" via the Google Play Store and the Samsung App Store. Although the presser is focused on Samsung Africa, we're pretty certain that BBM will be made available to Samsung Galaxy customers throughout the world.

Samsung Africa customers will have BBM added to the collection of "proprietary' and third party messaging services and this will allow them to become part of the BBM social network, taking part in BBM chats, and groups of up to 30 people. Photos and voice messages can be shared between members or groups. Both Samsung Africa and BlackBerry will promote the service to Android users and smartphone users across the continent to be more specific.

"At Samsung we are all about collaboration, innovation and driving consumer experience based on choice, value and customisation to suit every lifestyle. As such, bringing a top tier messaging service such as BBM is another way that we are expanding the catalogue of our messaging services and offering customers an amazing way to stay instantly connected with colleagues, friends and family."-George Ferreira, VP and COO, Samsung Electronics Africa

"BBM provides one of the best and most robust mobile messaging experiences today. BBM has always set the standard for mobile instant messaging and we are thrilled to bring this experience to Samsung customers across Africa. BBM is loved by people who rely on fast, trusted messaging, along with the immediacy that our delivered and read statuses bring. Samsung customers will soon join the BBM nation in its love of the “D” and “R” notifications."-Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President BBM, BlackBerry. “

Whenever the app appears, it is expected to be a free download for Samsung Galaxy owners.

source: SamsungAfrica via N4BB, BGR

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posted on 06 Aug 2013, 12:58 3

1. blackice214 (Posts: 165; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

Ive never used bbm, i guess I'll give it a try

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 16:01 1

9. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

They should have done this about 4-5yrs ago they would've been number 1 in the messaging department

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 13:09 5

2. omar98 (Posts: 71; Member since: 28 Aug 2011)

Well Blackberry smartphones are still popular in africa But currently alot of people are swapping to android

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 14:22

6. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)

True, I don't know anyone with a Blackberry (let alone someone still using that archaic messaging service); guess it's still useful in 3rd world countries, providing they actually have ANY kind of cellular service [of course]…

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 13:32

3. RsKsp (unregistered)

good move by blackberry, i want to try it on my android phone

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 14:32 1

7. ollienightly (Posts: 37; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

with all the other choices you have on both ios and android, who'd really need bbm? it's simply too late. if they did this 3 years ago, maybe there would still have been demands, but now they are obsolete.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 13:41

4. buccob (Posts: 2736; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

"Samsung customers will soon join the BBM nation in its love of the “D” "

LOL this just made my day...

For a moment I felt like I was at 9gag.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 14:05

5. johnbftl (Posts: 281; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)

What is this RIM you speak of Alan? One would think being a “journalist" in the wireless industry, you would have known Research In Motion officially changed its name to BlackBerry last year.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 14:52

8. aads786 (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)

@Dorothy69.Why do North Americans always think other countries are behind. Im from South Africa & until a coupler years ago our cellular service was much more advanced than most parts of the U.S. I'm sending this comment via my Samsung galaxy note 2 which I recieved 2 months before it was released in the U.S. Yes here in "South Africa" where people think that lions roam the streets & the airports! What a joke!

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 16:11 2

10. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)

Oh don't get your loin cloth in a tizzie', the article mentioned North Africa at one point; it's since been amended. Besides, whenever I think of L'Afrique I never think of South Africa. Gives my regards to Mr. Mandela and I'm glad you're not using a Krackberry.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 16:51

11. PK1983 (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)

For the record Detroit looks a lot worse than Joburg.
So does Newark, Oakland, and Gary Indiana.

That being said with the exception of mobile phones (until recently) and fuel sipping cars, the US does tend to be more advanced in everything.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 21:15

12. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)

You forgot Paterson, NJ; Trenton, NJ; Watts, CA; New Orleans, LA; and, a host of other U.S. cities that you wouldn't want to be caught dead in.

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