BlackBerry had promised in January that it would release the BBM or
Blackberry Messenger service to Android-powered handsets
running the OS
version 2.3 Gingerbread soon. The company has kept its promise, and has
now rolled out the cross-platform messaging app for Android 2.3
Gingerbread running smartphones.
Notably, the popular BBM app was earlier only available for
devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher. Jeff Gadway,
the head of product and brand marketing for BBM, notes on official blog
post, "With 21
percent of the global Android user base running on Gingerbread, we're
excited to welcome lots of new users in to the BBM community."
those unaware, the BBM app allows users to exchange texts, voice notes
with friends and others. It also offers group chat. Users need to
sign-in with a BlackBerry ID following which a PIN is allocated to them,
in a manner similar to BlackBerry Messenger on BlackBerry. Users can
then add friends by sharing their PIN with friends via SMS, email and
social networks in addition to QR codes.
Earlier this month,
Blackberry Messenger's chief Andrew Bocking left the company, leaving the internet rife with
speculation about the reasons for his departure.
BlackBerry rolled out the
for its BlackBerry Messenger for its Android, BlackBerry 10 and
iPhone users. Specifically, Android and iPhone users would be getting
version 2.0 of the BBM app with the update, while BlackBerry 10 users
would get the BBM v10.3 update. The biggest additions were the BBM
Channels and BBM Voice features.
Prior to this, BlackBerry also
released an update for BlackBerry Messenger
or BBM for Android and iOS that brought the Find Friends feature.