Last Updated: August 20th, 2012

While most Android users don't likely spend a lot of time thinking about what's going on in RIM's land of Blackberry, it has been revealed that one of the popular smartphones' mainstay features, Blackberry Messenger, will be coming to Android and iOS. The popular chat service known for its speed, conversation threads, and easy PIN contact transfer will most likely arrive later this year.

Up to this point, Blackberry Messenger has been a closed service, only available on Blackberry phones. Some found opening it up to other platforms to be a confusing business decision by RIM, as BBM has been one of the perks that has kept many of their customers from migrating to a rival OS like Android, but RIM will apparently hold back some key features like picture and video transfer only for customers on their phones.

With a variety of chat applications already available for Android, this could easily be dismissed as just another thrown into the mix. However, BBM has a huge following of Blackberry customers who, up to this point, were not able to use their native chat client to communicate with Android users.


Source: BGR

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  • commentguy2010

    i would love to see the BES for android , keep in mind bb has done this before they had a BES for windows mobile so maybe we could get that too

  • MushroomStamp

    Why would you want to see that? There other server oriented Solutions like "Good Server". Does the same thing as a BES but works with all non BB phones. Besides Exchange Native support for smartphones works flawlessly for me and my company. Over a 100 phones and I dont' see any performance difference between our BES and people that connect to the Exchange.

  • Jordan

    Will it have groups?

    That is the main thing I liked about bbm

  • Leo

    When this is coming?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    AND this never happened, truth be told BBM is the signature feature of BlackBerry OS and porting it could bring dire consequences to the platform.