Blackberry Messenger for Android coming to Samsung Apps app store in Africa
This entry was posted on Monday, August 5, 2013.
Blackberry has been in a beleaguered condition for quite some time now, given that their core business of selling business ready smartphones has been completely overtaken by Apple’s iPhones and the various Android phones brought out by the likes of HTC, Sony, Samsung, among others.
There had been murmurings about Blackberry either adopting Android as its OS, or bring its apps (such as the humongously popular Blackberry Messenger, or BBM) to other platforms such as Android and iOS. Blackberry went on to confirm this rumor to be true, but little has been heard from them in this regard since then. The most we knew about its launch was that it was planning to roll out a private beta for the cross platform BBM, but little else.
Now, however, there’s been an official announcement from Samsung, in which it claims that Blackberry Messenger’s Android app would get a release in Africa, and will be available in the Samsung Apps app store as an exclusive for a while, before the app gets a public launch.
Although there has never been much love lost between Samsung and Blackberry prior to this, this unexpected arrangement comes as result of Blackberry trying to grab a foothold in Android devices in a part of the world where it is still very successful.
With a launch said to be coming within the next month or two, it won’t be long before BBM will no longer be a Blackberry exclusive, and will be available to all the iPhones and Galaxy S4’s of the world.