BlackBerry Messenger has been one of the company’s most sought after features, one that has been a top draw over the years to attract new users to their fold. However, things have changed over the years so that we have seen other players like What’s App come on to the scene with services similar to BBM.
It is this combined with the fact that Blackberry is fast losing its grip in the mobile devices and services segment has prompted them to have the app for the iOS and Android platform as well. This has been acknowledged by the company and it appears to be something that would fructify in the near future.
While much of it remains shrouded in secrecy, what the BBM for Android app will be like has been divulged to some extent by one of the persons involved in the beta testing phase of the App. Though the official secrets act wherein the agreement of non-disclosure is in effect, yet the individual uploaded a video of the BBM for Android at work. The video remained on site for a very short time but is being replaced by another as soon as it is removed. Possibly a game between the official creators of the BBM for Android and the person who has decided to break away from the non-disclosure agreement.
What has been noted from the video is that the BBM for Android bears a very close resemblance in look, feel and functionality to the BlackBerry 10 OS. The user would note a difference if they have been using only Android apps on their device. The UI would be different from a pure Android experience.
One of the most used features of BBM is its ability to be able to export contact details to any other smartphone device. This feature when ported on Android using NFC capabilities of the device would sure add extra plus points to the messengers popularity chart.
However, the exact date of its launch is yet based on loose talk only. There has been no official communiqué by any of those involved in the making of the much awaited app though there has been a prank played off late wherein someone posted the app at the Google Play Store. Users are advised to be cautious of such acts. Samsung, in the meantime has stated their Galaxy series of smartphones in Africa will be the first to witness the inclusion of the BBM into the Samsung Messenger Hub.