BBM for Android hits Samsung Galaxy phones first, in Africa

BlackBerry Messenger for Android is coming to Samsung Galaxy phones first -- if you're in Africa.

BlackBerry Messenger for Android is coming to Samsung Galaxy phones first -- if you're in Africa.

Samsung Africa spilled the beans, revealing that the new BlackBerry Messenger app will become part of the Samsung Messenger Hub.

The BBM app will be available "soon" for Galaxy phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4  across Africa, for free from the Google Play Store or Samsung’s own app store.

The app will include BBM chats and Groups of up to 30 people.

BlackBerry is yet to confirm when the chat app will be available to other devices and other parts of the world. The UK is one of the places where BlackBerry and BBM have traditionally had a large following -- business users loving the security and business features, teenagers loving the free messaging in BBM -- but that following has dwindled in recent years with the arrival of the sexier iPhone and affordable Android phones.

The BBM Android app is currently being tested by BlackBerry employees and their friends and family, with the iPhone app still under wraps at BBHQ.

Phone fans are champing at the bit to get back on BBM, with rumours flying of a June release date and even a fake BBM Android app fooling thousands before it was pulled from Google Play last month.

Are you excited about the revival of BBM, or are there better ways to chat with your friends? Is BlackBerry onto a winner opening up BBM? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook wall.

 

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