Cross-Platform BlackBerry Messenger: Not for Tablets
A few days back, BlackBerry had a big announcement to share, revealing that it was finally opening up the membership ranks of BlackBerry Messenger, and would start making the app available to smartphone users running iOS and Android. If you were a BlackBerry die-hard for years and have only recently transitioned to another platform, this was great news, letting you easily keep in touch with all your old contacts. We already heard that the iOS and Android apps would become available sometime this summer, but now a new limitation about those releases comes to light, with news that the initial BBM apps won’t support tablets.
To hear BlackBerry explain it, the company is concerned with how the app’s usage model and user behavior change when interacting with it on a tablet, and rather than just having a jumbo-sized version of the smartphone app, it wants to make sure a tablet release would be optimized for the larger size.
Unfortunately, BlackBerry has yet to formally commit to such a project, so BBM might be restricted to just smartphones for the foreseeable future.