BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) could be on its way to the iPhone and handsets powered by Google’s Android operating system, reports suggest.
According to sources cited by Boy Genius Report, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is laying plans to bring the popular instant messaging service to the Android platform initially. A roll out to the devices running iOS – that’s all your Apple kit – will follow at a later date.
However, before you all get too excited, apparently it’s not the full-fat version of BBM that’ll be making its way across the OS divide.
That means that although users would be able to chat away to anyone with the app installed, the Android and iPhone versions are likely to omit functions such as the ability to share photos and location.
The news that RIM could even be contemplating such a move is something of a surprise to tech watchers. Not least because, along with super secure email, BBM is one of BlackBerry phones unique selling points and is one of the key reasons folk choose RIM’s phones over those of rivals.
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