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.