Select LG Android smartphones (starting with the G Pro Lite) will have BBM pre-installed

Select LG Android smartphones (starting with the G Pro Lite) will have BBM pre-installed
Canada’s BlackBerry today revealed that it has made an agreement with LG, which would see the latter pre-installing BBM on select smartphones. The news confirms a rumor that appeared at the end of November.

The first LG handset to offer BBM out of the box (sometime soon, according to BlackBerry) will be the G Pro Lite. Introduced in October as a cheaper, lower-end variant of the former G Pro flagship, the LG G Pro Lite won’t see a truly global roll out, only select markets in Latin America, Europe and Asia getting it (with a release in the US being unlikely).

BlackBerry didn’t reveal what other LG handsets will be pre-loaded with BBM. Anyway, Android users who don’t have this messaging service pre-installed but need it can download BBM for free from Google Play.


As of October this year, BBM is hosting 80 million active users, about 20 million being Android or iOS device owners.

BlackBerry’s smartphone market share has been on a downward spiral for quite a while, but at least BBM seems to be successful. For now.

source: BlackBerry

Related phones

G Pro Lite
  • Display 5.5 inches
    960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware MediaTek, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 3140 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2
    LG Optimus UI

FEATURED VIDEO

6 Comments

6. mcwong644

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

Am sure it can be uninstalled since its not LG or google app. It's just preinstalled and no reason why it can't be deleted.

5. mike2959

Posts: 701; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I guess it's really how someone defines this. If it's carrier installed then everyone says it's bloatware. If it's manufacturer installed then it's bloatware. What about Google installed? Or Windows installed? In my opinion if it's on the phone and I don't use it, it's bloatware. I don't use Google play books, magazines, Google search, Google +, Hangouts, but you can't remove these. For some reason nobody calls these Bloatware. Well mines rooted and Cyn takes care of that. Even the Nexus 5 isn't so "Vanilla" anymore.

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This makes it officially bloat. Just like flyers in the mailbox, it's junk and pisses off more people then encourages use of their services.

3. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

It's really ridiculous. It's a FREE download from the play store. Not exactly what I would call a special benefit. Anyone with an Android device can easily just get it.

2. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Why??? Is this Happening, I hope it does not happen in iOS

1. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Haiz, 1 more app to uninstall and disable

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless