The BlackBerry Messenger app for Android has been demoed on video, giving hope to the few still interested in the messaging platform that the official release is inching closer and closer.
The video was released by the fine folks over at BlackBerryOS.com, who demoed the beta version of the app that recently went into testing. It can be seen running pretty quick and smooth on mid-range hardware (though a messaging app shouldn’t really need much horsepower), and it looks exactly like its counterpart running on BlackBerry’s own OS, something which leaked images had revealed earlier.
Using the app seems pretty simple. There are tabs for contacts, groups and chats at the bottom, all of which can also be accessed from a navigation menu swiped in from the left. Meanwhile, a sidebar on the right provides access to functions such as settings, help, initiating broadcast transfers, starting a multiperson chat, and more. Oh, and BlackBerry has even included the ability to beam over contact data using NFC.
BlackBerry seems dedicated to offering a great BBM experience even on competing platforms (which isn’t exactly surprising considering there is talk of BBM being spun-off into a separate company), and if the number of downloads a fake BBM app on Android was able to muster is anything to go by, it might actually find a place among the sea of cross-platform messaging apps that have become so popular.
Go ahead and check out the hands-on video below.