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