Samsung to offer BBM for Android on its app store for Galaxy phones
Samsung has announced that the upcoming BlackBerry Messenger app for Android will be made available to owners of the company’s Galaxy devices across Africa, though its Samsung Apps app store.
Well, how about that? Samsung has announced that it will offer the upcoming BlackBerry Messenger for Android on its Samsung Apps store for customers in Africa, just a few days after the app went into beta testing, which all but confirms that the official launch of BBM for Google’s OS is almost upon us.
The app will offer “access to the BBM social network, including BBM chats, multi-person chats and BBM Groups” to users of Samsung’s Galaxy devices. It will form a part of Samsung’s Messaging Hub that already offers numerous propriety and third-party messaging services, meaning we could see some sort of integration with Samsung’s inbuilt messaging app (e.g: allowing BBM to act as a hub for both SMS and online chats, similar to how it works on BlackBerry OS).
The press release was geared towards Africa, but we can assume Samsung will make BBM available to customers in other markets. It is strange that BlackBerry has teamed up with a competitor that has mocked the Canadian company in the past and is looking to take a bite out of its enterprise business, but with BlackBerry losing market share all over the world, it could be helpful in their move towards becoming a services company.
BBM will also be available on the Google Play Store (and Apple’s App Store), and it should only be a matter of time before it hits Android and iOS users worldwide.