Got BBM on Android? Here are the basics.

BBM is starting to get (kinda-sorta) rolled out today on Android, and to get folks acclimatized, BlackBerry has posted a few how-to videos on their YouTube channel. Videos show how to manage groups, how read/delivered receipts work, handling multi-person chat, checking status updates, sharing files, and adding contacts.

You'd think for the occasion they'd shoot these on an Android or iOS device of some kind, but the overall UI doesn't change much platform to platform. It's all pretty straightforward, though potentially useful for those of you that managed to get in line for BBM early. 

How many of you guys are going to be trying it out? Those that aren't, are you happy with your existing instant messaging options, or is there room for some competition? 

For more on BBM for Android, check out Adam's run-down on CrackBerry.

 

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Official BBM how-to videos show the ropes to new users

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Nope, I won't be trying it out cuz it ain't compatible for my device! M running 4.0.3 on a HTC desire C

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It's a TABLET! BBM isn't even compatible on the BB Playbook! Stop your whining! My LORD!

I signed up a while back and I have it running on my Note 2. Just need some contacts to verify if it's working correctly. Lol!

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Therein proving its irrelevance.

Why download, install, and wait for this when you have no contacts?

Can't download from play store taking forever with no progress

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I created an id when the leak bbm was good many moons ago. I'm good to go!

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I don't know anyone that uses BBM. Is there a good reason to use it over something like hangout?

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Works with a dead operating system?

Seriously though, BlackBerry has good security but that's the only benefit for most people. A lot of my friends still use blackberry's though

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In its current form - not really. When bbm for android is updated with voice and video it may be a contender.

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When it has voice/video it will be almost on par with Hangouts. Still won't have a desktop client.

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You know how comedians will run a joke, then much later in the routine put something on top of that joke to make it funny all over again?
So yeah I'm chuckling as I wait in "line"

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You know how comedians will run a joke, then much later in the routine put something on top of that joke to make it funny all over again?
So yeah I'm chuckling as I wait in "line"

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For me and my family, What's App was a nightmare. Too many crashes. I'm the only one in my family right now that uses an Android device and the best way for me to keep in contact (besides email) is BBM because of their locations. I have a brother here but my other brother and sisters are in Brazil and they all have Blackberry devices so BBM for me is the clear choice.

Because WhatsApp forces you to provide you phone number, started to charge after a year, and it's UI is absolute SHIT

What I was thinking. Perhaps BBM is better? no matter. Whatsapp is installed and configured on the phones I want to text to. Not worth the hassle to get other people to install BBM even if it was amazing.

-Suntan

Worked fine for me! It feels good to be home with BBM friends! The only reason i little bit missed bb....not anymore!

What are all the RIM employees doing these days? Job hunting? How can a company that big - with so much software expertise - totally blow something like this?

They let go of like 4000 employees a few weeks back...

Besides, bigger companies have done worse. Just look at GTA Online

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I was put on the waiting list, the BBM icon was planted on the notification bar and wouldn't close out completely until I finally Uninstalled it. When I went to BBM after attempting to set it up, it would always go to the setting up BBM screen. I'm not going to use BBM for a few weeks from now until they get their act together. I may just not use it at all and just stick with Facebook messenger or just plain texting.

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If you would have restarted your phone it would have solved everything. You can also choose to not have the icon in the notification tab.

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Can someone explain to me what all the hype is about bbm? It use to be something back in the day, but now it just seems like a useless app.

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I have it and love it. its good to get it back. For all of you old BB users out there all you need to get started is your BB ID and no waiting in line.

Works great so far on my LGOG. It knew I had a BBID tied to my email address, but gave me a new one anyway...that was kind of weird. Now to build up my contact list again!

Works fine but unable to send files / documents. Hope they add this feature soon. Only photos and voice notes for now

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So the app is not working on my nexus 4 at all. I unistalled the app, turn off the phone so many time and still im still either lock on the "setting up BBM" or a blank page! Any advices?

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Those are not competitors but complements BBM, Whatsapp has access to the phone's contacts list, BBM should add Invite by Whatsapp, Facebook, Hangouts, iMessage, Kakaotalk, etc to the existing barcodes, sms, nfc.
Best of both worlds, instant, reliable, secured, & private communication with insecured invitation LoL.