BBM comes to Samsung Galaxy devices in desperate bid for relevancy

Blackberry is probably best known for its messaging feature, which was the first such service to allow users to chat without any cost from the carriers. And while many such services have launched since Blackberry’s glory days, arguably none have been so secure or feature rich as BBM so it’s a bit surprising and a bit sad to see BBM finally coming to other platforms.

Blackberry announced long ago that they would be opening up their BBM platform to other ecosystems such as Android and iOS and now they’re finally taking the first step in this direction. According to a Samsung press release, their Galaxy line of handsets will be start getting the BBM app in the following days. Unfortunately this is only aimed at Africa so users in other places will still have to wait a while before they can actually use BBM on their Androids and iPhones.

Of course there’s one obvious question here: who in the world is actually waiting for BBM? As we mentioned above Blackberry’s product is still probably one of the most secure chat platforms out there with other services having major security flaws. Then again those other services have become super popular so it’s safe to say that most people don’t actually care about encrypting their chat sessions.

No, this actually looks like a desperate bid for relevancy on Blackberry’s part. A bid to try and stem the tide of time which throws them deeper and deeper into history. The Canadian company is struggling, and has been for a long time now, with a long-delayed new OS, unimpressive devices, and incredibly strong competition.

So BBM on Samsung devices? Sure, jump on board but it certainly doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of electronic things.

Via: N4bb | Image via Blackberry

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Another bash article. How surprising. This site has become pretty pathetic these days. I guess trash journalism is what everyone strives toward now. They still lost less money then Nokia last quarter.

Why not report on actionable notifications which no other platform has, android 4.2.2 support, or numerous other features in 10.2 but no you have to repeat the same jabs over and over again.

Edited by matt4pack, Aug 6 2013, 6:57pm :

At least in the US, unlimited or 1000s of txts are pretty affordable and seem to come standard in most cell plans. If you want txt messages that use data instead of "txts" there is Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger. Both G+ and Facebook no-doubt have much larger user bases than BBM or WhatsApp will ever have. Your friends probably already use either G+ or Facebook so you probably don't have to ask them to install something special just so they can communicate with you.

And while many such services have launched since Blackberry's glory days, arguably none have been so secure or feature rich as BBM so it's a bit surprising and a bit sad to see BBM finally coming to other platforms.

BBM was also on the older Windows Mobile / CE devices...

For gods sake, people please make such an app popular which can be accessed on a desktop too. Hate hate hate keeping on unlocking locking my phone for checking messages on whatsapp.

Techno_Funky said,
For gods sake, people please make such an app popular which can be accessed on a desktop too. Hate hate hate keeping on unlocking locking my phone for checking messages on whatsapp.

Indeed glad I'm not the only one who wants this! I have however started using Facebook messenger as a whatsapp replacement. More people I know are on Facebook and you can message from a mobile, tablet or PC.

BBM is NOT a "killer app" anymore. Gmail, Outlook.com, and Ymail are all far superior in their own ways, and they're free, and they work on every device. BBM is dead, and this weirdly restrictive "last ditch effort" won't save it.

And this

"Unfortunately this is only aimed at Africa so users in other places will still have to wait a while before they can actually use BBM on their Androids and iPhones."

is why RIM continues to fail.

Would it kill Neowin to have a news post on the front page that's actually objectively written instead of being soaked with the author's opinion?

First why only on Samsung devices?
Second, it really dont mean much anymore. I would have been relevant few years back before services like Whatsapp came by. Today everyone, including BB users use Whatsapp or similar apps to communicate with other people so not sure what good this will do.

V-Tech said,
First why only on Samsung devices?
Second, it really dont mean much anymore. I would have been relevant few years back before services like Whatsapp came by. Today everyone, including BB users use Whatsapp or similar apps to communicate with other people so not sure what good this will do.

The tens of thousands of people who downloaded the fake version of BBM for Android before Google pulled it suggest the exact opposite of what you're saying. On top of that WhatsApp is switching to a subscription model. I know a lot of people who don't use or don't want to use PayPall for various reasons. So for them this could be a great alternative.

http://crave.cnet.co.uk/mobile...s-google-pulls-it-50011565/

I'm not saying that there is no use for it at all but in general it's kinda a bit late to release a BBM version for other platforms when you have other way of communication between the platforms.

Dont get me wrong, i was a BB user for several years and it i loved BBM. Then slowly people around me switched to other platforms and i installed Whatsapp on my BB. Then i started using Whatsapp more than BBM.

If/when Whatsapp will move to subscription model, other free apps will come out. Using BBM makes you use 2 different apps to communicated with people, BBM for BB users and other apps for other people. With Whatsapp or any other app that will come out you will only need one app to communicate with everyone.

I just think that it's better to have only one app for everything.

V-Tech said,
If/when Whatsapp will move to subscription model, other free apps will come out. Using BBM makes you use 2 different apps to communicated with people, BBM for BB users and other apps for other people. With Whatsapp or any other app that will come out you will only need one app to communicate with everyone.

There is no if, WhatsApp IS moving to a subscription based model. If BBM ends up replacing WhatsApp on BB, iOS and Android I don't see why you would need two different apps. Apart from Windows Phone/non-smartphone users that is.

V-Tech said,
First why only on Samsung devices?
Because they were paid by Samsung for exclusivity. Samsung will consider this an edge to draw BB users into their ecosystem.