Tweet reveals that Samsung gets 3 month exclusive on BBM, service starts Friday

Tweet reveals that Samsung gets 3 month exclusive on BBM, service starts Friday
A tweet from Samsung Nigeria reports the exciting news that BBM for Android will be launched this Friday. Well, it is exciting news for those rockin' a Samsung branded model. According to the tweet, Samsung users will have a three-month exclusive to BBM for Android. This explains those mystery invitations that BlackBerry sent out last week for events on Wednesday in Malaysia and India.

As we told you earlier today, the Android installer APK for BlackBerry Messenger leaked although it won't work even if you install it. It is interesting that Android and iOS users are looking forward to BBM yet most users of either platform wouldn't consider a BlackBerry handset.

Samsung started promoting BBM in Africa last month. If you want to go further back than that, back in 2011 we showed you leaked shots of BBM running on an Android device. Eventually, Android and iOS users will be able to have all of the social networking features that BlackBerry owners enjoy.

Considering that there had been speculation recently that BlackBerry would spin off BBM, perhaps Samsung would be an interested buyer.


source: TechSuplex via Crackberry

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29 Comments

1. deathgod

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

What sets BBM apart from other services like whatsapp?

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Everyone knows how much I hate blackberry but here are the standouts 1. Has video and voice call with BBM users (whatsapp lacks that, hangouts its not on BlackBerry) 2. Send delivered and read confirmation 3. A bit more private (a code/user as opposed to an email or phone number.. That's if you are a security freak or a health sexter willing to remain anonymous) That's about it...

12. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

line would be better than bbm with even more platform available. cubie, viber, tango are much better too

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

yeah but many do not have all their features on Blackberry or other platforms

16. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

There is also screen sharing.

21. artealis

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

why not use line messenger? 1. it has video and voice call, and voice mes 2. send delivered and read confirmation 3. cute stickers

27. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Because most of those features are not on the blackberry version

2. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

Whaattt??!!

3. Sauce unregistered

Does anyone even use BBM anymore? I remember using it years ago when I owned a torch, and it was only popular due to the fact that Blackberrys were more widely used and simply more popular than other phones during that time (4-6 years ago). iMessage and Whatsapp are superior and leading as far as messaging programs go (minus basic SMS). Could there be widespread popular results with BBM during this leap of faith onto other platforms? Would people go out of their way to grab a coworkers or friends BBM, instead of using the other simplistic and straight forward ways like SMS and Whatsapp? I'm curious to see the results.

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Problem is with this app you can video and voice call BBM users whatsapp still lacks that functionality

8. Sauce unregistered

I think you can fix that with a Jailbreak tweak (iOS and Android via Cydia). But yes, would be nice for them to stock it with video and voice.

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Didn't knew people did that to whatsapp O_O and while I dislike blackberry I must say whatsapp has done a poor job at reinventing their app and have remained stale, so far despite being so popular it has the least number of features

11. Sauce unregistered

I couldn't agree more. It is slacking a lot. But like any messaging app, there are pros and cons.

17. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Getting Sunday morning church lady grandma to "jailbreak" her phone so that you can leave her messages may make her feel very uneasy. LOLZ

28. Sauce unregistered

Just like getting Sunday morning church lady grandma to root her phone for various reasons, may make her feel uneasy. LOLZ

13. weevil81

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 16, 2013

How is whatsapp 'superior' to BBM? More popular but superior how, because there's PTT?

4. Yubnub

Posts: 100; Member since: May 23, 2013

^__________^

5. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

I hate when they do this exclusive BS (even tho I have note2), just released it to all Android os user! Dam!

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Do not worry... Will have the APK up and running in our phones within hours of release

25. panda123

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Perhaps not, maybe there'll be some kind of verification that your device is a Samsung upon loading the app.

26. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

That would be darn stupid.... But again its blackberry..... Maybe someone will create a fixed version that thinks its a Samsung all the time... I'm for example running the moto X camera on ma RAZR

15. frazaco11

Posts: 23; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

Can't wait to try it out

18. yoyo93

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 23, 2012

We reached out to BlackBerry for comments and here's what they had to say: "The excitement around the upcoming BBM launch on iPhone and Android devices seems to know no bounds. Although I’m a big fan of this passion, I want to clarify that no one will have an exclusive on offering BBM. We’ll be bringing the app to Android and iPhone users across the globe soon." - BBM Communications Director at BlackBerry, Victoria Berry.

19. mrturner

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Can't wait for it to be released on sammy devices

20. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Maybe Samsung will replace ChatOn with BBM. :D

22. Cyberchum

Posts: 1033; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Not that I care that much (though BB is still fairly popular in Nigeria) but will it work on my phone considering that I'm running Cyanogenmod 10.2 and not touchwiz?

23. m_smart_guy

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

what does this mean Samsung users will have a three-month exclusive to BBM for Android. I didn't understand do we have to pay after 3 months to use BBM on our android devices

24. m_smart_guy

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

what does this mean Samsung users will have a three-month exclusive to BBM for Android. I didn't understand do we have to pay after 3 months to use BBM on our android devices

29. BigRed83

Posts: 144; Member since: May 19, 2008

I'd believe the story more if it didn't come from Nigeria. Was their notification via Email?

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