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Samsung Galaxy phones to get BlackBerry Messenger 'soon'

A TV ad was spotted in a few different African countries during a soccer match last night. It also briefly appeared on Samsung Ghana's YouTube account before being taken down.

BlackBerry Messenger and Thorsten Heins
BlackBerry Messenger gets around, eh, Thorsten?
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BlackBerry Messenger is edging ever closer to Android phones, with the massively popular mobile IM service advertised in Africa as coming soon to Samsung Galaxy phones.

Readers of BlackBerry blog CrackBerry reported seeing TV ads in a few different African countries during last night's deeply tedious Man Utd v Chelsea match. The ad briefly appeared on Samsung Ghana's YouTube account before being taken down.

Samsung Ghana's Facebook page is currently teasing users with the status, "Another messenger is coming on Samsung phones sooner than you think... what is it?"

Earlier this month Samsung Africa revealed BBM would become part of the Samsung Messenger Hub, but didn't announce a date.

Read more of "BBM on Samsung Galaxy phones 'soon', ads promise" at Crave UK.