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    NEW: BlackBerry Messenger to launch on Android and iPhone!



    An exclusive coming from BGR from their sources is that RIM is planning to bring BlackBerry Messenger app and service to the Android and iOS. This means that Tablets from Google's Android OS and Apple's iOS will be running BBM as well. Sources report that RIM has not yet finalized details surrounding timing or pricing, and might make the software free to all users. Strategy is still being developed, and RIM may end up charging users a one-time fee or even a recurring fee for access to its BBM service on third-party platforms.

    As far as what Android and iOS users can look forward to, well, sources say that RIM will offer stripped down versions of the BBM which means that the potential for millions more users will be able to communicate cross-platform via BlackBerry Messenger. But depending on the limits that RIM puts on a simplified version, they might not be able to share photos, location, or videos, ect. Users who want the full BlackBerry Messenger experience will still need a BlackBerry. BGR also reports:

    Right now, we have heard that Android is definitely a go. But again, we’re not sure on timing, though our sources are confident that it will launch some time this year. RIM chose Android first because of the fact that it could develop and integrate something like this much easier with an open platform, but the plan is to build and deploy an iOS version at some point as well.
    Would bringing BBM to devices other than BlackBerry pull you away from RIM, or bring you closer? Vote on our poll above this thread and leave a comment and tell us why.





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    I'm not sure if this is a wise move from RIM. Wouldn't this speed up the exodus of BlackBerry users to iOS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwistMyMind View Post
    I'm not sure if this is a wise move from RIM. Wouldn't this speed up the exodus of BlackBerry users to iOS?
    Yea, it's a toughy, but some are saying that it will be like a extension of RIM essentially advertising BBM to other platforms. I guess sort of like how Google has Maps on the iPhone, but in order to get the full Google Maps feature you need a Droid. The question is, will non-BlackBerry users love BBM enough to want to get a BlackBerry to experience the full version?



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    Hhhmmm, I sent BBOS the news atricle this afternoon
    Now it's BGR getting the credit :S
    It was on a Dutch newswebsite ('Blackberry Messenger naar Android en iOS' | nu.nl/internet | Het laatste nieuws het eerst op nu.nl) Copy paste, put it in Google translate :P
    I just don't get why they would do this? It's one of RIM's UPS's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poita316 View Post
    Hhhmmm, I sent BBOS the news atricle this afternoon
    Now it's BGR getting the credit :S
    It was on a Dutch newswebsite ('Blackberry Messenger naar Android en iOS' | nu.nl/internet | Het laatste nieuws het eerst op nu.nl) Copy paste, put it in Google translate :P
    I just don't get why they would do this? It's one of RIM's UPS's
    I saw you sent that news tip, thanks. We had already read the story from BGR this morning, and since they are the ones with the sources they get the credit. The site link you sent us in Dutch also credits BGR.



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    They should creditthis blue monster

    *gonna stuff his face with cookies seeing he is sad*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poita316 View Post
    I just don't get why they would do this? It's one of RIM's UPS's
    That's what RIM will have to weigh in their decision. I think that offering a simplified lite version of BBM could harm and help RIM. On one hand it will offer as free advertising the BBM feature on millions of competitors devices, but, on the other hand it could pursue current BB users to make the leap to iPhone or Android and still be able to BBM their BlackBerry friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poita316 View Post
    They should creditthis blue monster

    *gonna stuff his face with cookies seeing he is sad*
    We actually read the story about 45 minutes before you submitted the tip, but don't let that stop you from submitting great news, we really appreciate it and thank anyone who submits a story, whether we already know or not.

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