BlackBerry says that BBM for Android won't be exclusive to Samsung devices

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BBM for Android

Yesterday, in a tweet, Samsung Mobile Nigeria seemed to have given the impression that BBM for Android would be exclusive to Samsung for 3 months. Here is the tweet:

I found the news odd. Of what benefit would a 3-month Samsung exclusivity be to anyone? Anyway, the guys at Android Central contacted the companies involved and got this response from BlackBerry:

The tweet, though very exciting, is incorrect … I want to clarify that no one will have an exclusive on offering BBM. We’ll be bringing the app to Android and iPhone users across the globe soon.

If the above statement credited to BlackBerry is valid, that clears things up: there is no BBM exclusivity for Samsung devices. If you ask me, that’s a big relief to the teeming crowd of Android fans who have been eagerly awaiting BBM for Android. In the meantime, the wait continues….


  1. I have said it before. When bbm comes to android it is going to overtake whatsapp, just wait and see. Even the leaked apk is still being downloaded by thousands of people who after downloading find out they cant use it cause it cant register with blackberry servers. Mr Mo, i forsee an overloaded blackberry server when bbm launches on android, whatsapp would just be second best after that despite its wide audience. Bbm selling point still remains the ability to give ur pin to ANYONE unlike whatsapp requiring your phone number.

  2. // that’s a big relief to the
    teeming crowd of Android
    fans who have been eagerly
    awaiting BBM for Android. In
    the meantime, the wait

    To paraphrase what a Doctor of great repute said,…

    what’s the HULLA-BABOON all about?

    So much hype about a mere app. hmm…

  3. When it is finally released, thousands of people mostly in developing countries like Nigeria will download it only to find out it doesnt really offer much more than whatsapp. After a few weeks/months, the hype will fizzle out. The sheer number of people on whatsapp makes it a winner anyday. Will i switch to BBM and lose contact with my Asha totting folks? I don’t think so.

  4. What Efe said.

    Android and iPhone may have a significant number of users, but by excluding Asha, Symbian and Windows Phone users, I can’t see it overtaking Whatsapp any time soon. And I would rather keep those WP, Asha and Symbian contacts than limit myself.

  5. so many questions waiting for answers : will there be a unique ‘pin’ for those who download from non blackberry phones?

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