BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) Messenger, popularly known as BBM, will soon be available on iOS and Android, but a video of how the app will look on an Android device has been released by BlackBerryOS.com. The video reveals the latest cross platform messaging app, showing a BlackBerry 10-like interface on HTC First.
BBM fits well with Android
One of the interesting features is sharing contact data over NFC using Android Beam. User guides are available online along with a landing page for new Android and OS clients. The interface of the app looks very similar to that of BlackBerry 10 with the same button layout, sliding panels and identical alert sound used on BB10.
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Chats, Contacts and Groups are placed at the bottom of the main BBM for Android screen whereas stuff like Updates and Start Chat are located inside the app’s sliding panels. A BBM icon will also appear in Android notification when a user is connected to the service.
From the video, it is pretty clear that BBM will run smoothly on Android as every feature is working appropriate, and inclusion of features like BBM alert is a nice add on. The app is supposed to be launched during the summer.
BlackBerry Messenger soon for Samsung Galaxy users
BlackBerry Messenger will soon be available on Samsung Galaxy smartphone. Some of the BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) said that they saw an advertisement on South African countries on their television while watching a Man UTD vs. Chelsea match, last week. Additionally, the advertisement was also shown on YouTube (Samsung’s official page in Ghana) shortly before it was taken down. Their Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) page also shared the following status with fans, “Another messenger is coming on Samsung phones sooner than you think… what it is?”
Earlier, Chris Welch for The Verge discussed things that BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) should incorporate before launching BBM on to Android and iOS. He said that before getting into the marketing of the product and achieving some result, BBM makers should introduce it to the new users. He further explained, “Newly uncovered user manuals for both platforms suggest that BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) is already trialing Messenger with a group of beta testers.”