Could BlackBerry Messenger Hit Android Before The Year’s Out?

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Just like tales of the faked moon landing, or of Elvis continuing to live among us, the claim that BlackBerry Messenger is coming to non-RIM platforms is one rumor that just refuses to die. Every time we hear it, it seems that RIM pops-up with a quick denial, but it never stays gone. We find ourselves returning to it tonight, upon the release of a new photo purporting to show some in-development code running on Android.

Supposedly coming from a tester involved in weeding out the software’s bugs, this image purports to show the latest version of the BBM port. There’s a chance, at least according to the source behind the pic, that RIM may be putting more effort into developing the Android version of BBM than an iOS release; while the source claims that the Android port is on-track for a release sometime before the end of the year, he wasn’t aware of any such schedule for an iOS release.

We’ve heard plenty of theories about BBM on non-RIM platforms in the past, like how it might require an eight dollar monthly subscription fee. We haven’t heard anything new about that idea, so maybe something like that could still be on the table for this Android edition. For the moment, we’ll just have to sit back and wait to see if RIM ever stops denying the existence of a BBM port project.

Source: Techno Buffalo

Via: Android Central

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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