Among the sea of messaging apps spanning Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry, the BlackBerry exclusive BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM, has long stood as a shining example of just how good chatting on your phone could be. In recent years, however, competition has been fierce. And due to the popularity of Android and iOS, BBM has been all but left in the dust. BlackBerry still has some fighting spirit left in them though.
BlackBerry isn’t going to sit back and leave the messaging throne to WhatsApp, Google Talk and iMessage. At BBLive, it was announced that this summer, devices running Android 4.0 and up will have access to BBM, complete with multi-user chats, voice notes, photo sharing and BBM’s famous “D” and “R” message statuses.
Many have hailed BlackBerry’s move to release BBM on Android and iOS desperate, but CEO Thorsten Heins claims it’s a, “statement of confidence.” It will be interesting to see how the release of BBM for rival platforms affects the sale of BlackBerry 10 handsets, if at all. What do you think, when BBM is released for Android, will you be using it?