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BlackBerry Messenger for Android [Update]

Loie Favre
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Up until this point in time, the beloved BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) was just available for BlackBerry devices. Well not any flipping more! As of September 21st, so just 2 sleeps away for those really excited, you will be able to install the app from the Google Play store, for free! Blackberry will definitely use this to put themselves at an advantage against competitors.

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BBM, coming to an Android nera you. © BlackBerry

Behind the instant chat app, BBM, you'll find their own private network which competes head to head against others of the same kind, like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. With the new-found support from Android and iOS alike, BlackBerry will be a market leader over night. Two weeks ago we were able to give you a better idea of what the functions would look like for the messenger and here is a short overview of the features:

With BBM Chat, you will be able to carry on conversations WhatsApp-style: you'll be informed whether sent messages have been received, read and whether the recipient is writing you back. You'll also be able to leave voice messages and send files, conduct multi-chat - which allows for conversations with more than one person at a time - and in rushed cases, send the same messages to many contacts simultaneously.

A PIN, which will belong to each user individually, should ensure for security and privacy so that your phone number and email address aren't in danger.

BlackBerry Messenger for Android should be released a few days before the iOS version.

Do you plan on switching from WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger to BlackBerry? Personally I use both WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, though I find the first to be better, albeit liking the Chat Heads from FB. I plan on trying BBM to see if it toots my whistle.

[Update 23.09.2013, 3:45 PM Berlin Time]

Days before the release of the official BlackBerry Messenger for Android app was scheduled to come out, an unofficial version was leaked and in just 8 hours, was installed by over a million users worldwide (some of which even wrote in our comments below). The presumed BBM app which you have on your Android phone will soon be disabled and the official roll-out has been postponed until they get things organized again, as the unofficial version caused some issues. The iPhone release is well underway and has already been distributed to many phones, however the Android version will be coming out in controlled roll-outs, though the time and date are yet to be announced. You can sign up to get fast updates about the development and availability of the BlackBerry Messenger app for Android at their website.

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  • tekf33k3n 11 months ago Link

    Why is this getting any hype? This should be nothing more than a blurb...'By the way, BBM for Android will be released in a few days - for real this time. Move along.' Most of the users that RIM might have gotten have already gotten sick of waiting and being jerked around. They've move on to equivalent or better apps. Even if a few people decide to try it, this will be nothing more that a curiosity that gets uninstalled 20 minutes later or a year from now when RIM locks its doors for good.

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  • Yusuf Fishir 11 months ago Link

    @NuLL I disagree, this will work wonders here in the middle east, where most people have blackberries just for BBM, and some people have 2 or 3 phones just for that. So people that dont have Blackberries will be getting this app for their friends and family. It might not be a big thing, but it'll be successful, until of course RIM closes down if they do.

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  • Henry B. 11 months ago Link

    Who cares? Blackberry is a sinking ship.

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  • Northernbaygirl 11 months ago Link

    I've been waiting for this to happen since July 2010 when my stepdaughter got a blackberry for her birthday, it has been more than 3 years but I am actually still excited to try this, my only issue is the BlackBerry PIN thing as it can be used by bullies to hide behind

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  • Sameer Itkyal 11 months ago Link

    not able to find correct bbm app on play store, pls send me correct play store link

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  • eddy calvin 11 months ago Link

    still no sign of the real app yet in uk anyone got it yet where they are at

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  • milad A 11 months ago Link

    Still not out on google play in the uk so when is it coming?

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  • Tebogo Michael 11 months ago Link

    I'm already running on Bbm Android, works perfect

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  • jitin Sharma 11 months ago Link

    old news
    update.....they have delayd the release

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  • lola 11 months ago Link

    bbm...really. .wow...they should.have one for galaxy4...where people can use name or account..no tty numbers to allow bullues or strange people to use

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  • yuray estevanel 11 months ago Link

    fist off all i got to say im really impress by the way you treat your people and "thats what im talking about "respect for partners & costumers" ill be in touch & test to tray to help(when i have some time)just whit the best solution i can find.Great job gays"

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  • DUONEBIYAH 11 months ago Link

    the truth is that. , let blackberry upgrades itz app to android. . and letz see if the ship will go down. .... this jar app of blackberry is really not it all all...

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  • lola 11 months ago Link

    can anyone help...cant find correct app for bbm

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