MAJOR RUMOR: BBM Coming to Android and iPhone This Year?

bbm iphone rumor photoshop

Could this be true? BBM on an iPhone?

File this one under the most awesome and incredible rumor we’ve ever heard. According to BGR, who is pretty much dead-on when it comes to BlackBerry news (they were the ones who first leaked the Storm three years ago and more recently BlackBerry’s upcoming 2011 lineup), both Android and the iPhone (and it’s iOS) may soon get one of the greatest BlackBerry features on their devices– official BlackBerry Messenger. Yes, BBM is said to be on its way for Android and iPhone.

BGR’s sources didn’t reveal an exact date for when all this would go down, though according to the leak it did appear that at least the Android version would be at least announced this year (our guess would be at BlackBerry’s big BlackBerry World conference in May, but again that’s just our guess) with iPhone/iOS support after that. The BGR leak also goes on to mention how this would be more of a “BBM-lite” and while you would be able to BBM with anyone on a BlackBerry, the Android and iPhone versions might be lacking certain features like sending pics, and videos. For that full BBM experience you’d need to get an actual BlackBerry.

A lot of you are probably thinking right about now “the only reason I’d get a BlackBerry is for BBM, why would I go with it now if I can just get it on iPhone and Android?” Well, as we said above and as BGR alludes to in his post, this would be a great way for BlackBerry to begin to pull people back away from the ever-growing iPhone and Android platforms by teasing them with the BBM  and BlackBerry experience, with the only way to get that full experience being switching to a BlackBerry (and if there’s an additional fee to use BBM on iPhone/Android then people who love the service may be even more eager to switch over and get full BBM and save money).

Seeing as one of the most frequent questions we get here at TeensTalkTech is about BBM and BlackBerry here’s the million dollar question– how important is BBM to you and are you willing to still go with that “BBM-lite” (again, text only no pic or video sharing) on an iPhone/Android phone or would you still go with the traditional BlackBerry and BBM when you go for your next new phone? Sound off in the comments.

Pic– which is fake and Photoshopped— from OmniTechNews.net

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Posted on March 6, 2011, in Cell Phones, Rumors and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I wouldn’t go for BBM lite – it kinda defeats the whole purpose of the chat experience in the first place. Most of my friends who have BBs also have WhatsApp and PingChat and stuff like that installed, so I can contact them even when on my iPhone. I don’t see the point of why I need BBM if there are alternatives which do the same thing as it does.

    I use both a BlackBerry and an iPhone, and am a very active user of BBM so I know what the BBM experience is like…but I think RIM is a bit late to the game if they want to dominate the chat app on other platforms.

    I have my own detailed editorial about this here: http://blog.bulsuk.com/2011/03/editorial-blackberry-messenger-bbm-on.html

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