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BBM for Android demoed on video [Updated]

Update: And just like that, the video has been removed. Enjoy this pic instead.

Update #2: Working video (for now) after the break. Thanks, Jean-Baptiste!

A brave soul has broken BlackBerry's embargo and produced a video demo of BlackBerry Messenger running on Android

If you've been waiting to see just how BlackBerry Messenger would look and act on your Android phone, here's your chance. The app has been in a not-so-secret but tightly controlled beta test for a while, but it looks pretty much the same as it does on a BlackBerry 10 device.

The app seems to have all the same basic features on Android as it does on BlackBerry, including NFC abilities. The layout and controls are different from what we're used to as Android users though, and that may mean some adjustment time.

BlackBerry has stated that they would have the Android and iOS versions out by the end of summer, so it's good to see they are close to the finish line. 

Source: BBOS; Via: CrackBerry

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • Bah! Enough with the leaks. I want this already. This is the only thing I have missed since I have switched from BlackBerry! Posted via Android Central App on my Note 2!
  • Yeah, I've missed this as well. Unfortunately for Blackberry, I stopped missing this at least 2 years ago. I doubt I am alone in that. Posted via Android Central App
  • Im right there with you, along with a few of my friends that have switched.
  • What are you guys using that made you stop missing it?
  • What am I missing? I don't see anything special about this.
  • Agreed. I haven't ever been a blackberry user so I don't see what the hype is. It looks like just another messaging app. Posted via Android Central App
  • There isn't anything special about it. That's the thing.
    Did you notice though, how much of a hard on the dude in the video has for bbry? Almost saddening.
  • Well, you guys seem impressed with Whatsapp already why wouldn't you find it special? there are some obvious differences Whatsapp:
    -Video note
    -Voice note
    -Share files
    -If your phone is new it probably gets a recycled number and then you will have the awesome capability of receiving messages from previous owner's contacts list, thus, giving you a hard time or in case of your children sending porn stuff (That happen in my family)
    -You want to keep it private? dream on, you have to give that awkward person your phone number to have it like a contact and they get notice if you block him/her/it
    -No thick black rectangle that for that guy seems to bee gigantic BBM:
    BBM Channels with more than 10,000 sources already
    Share Files
    Total Privacy
    Notification for Delivery, Read and "in progress of sending"
    (No, in whatsapp you CANNOT do this, one check mark means it was delivered to the server and two check marks mean it was delivered to the phone but not necessary means it was read)
  • Well said....
  • i highly agreed you, i don't find it very attractive just to give my number out to any acquaintance i need or want to keep a occasional communication.
  • Who's impressed with whatsapp? I've never used it. Never even heard of it. If you like BBM great, but you made a pretty silly assumption there and your comment just looks foolish and out of place.
  • This. Posted from my phone, using your girlfriend's Internet, while you're at work.
  • The main reason I started using whatsapp is because it lets you send files that are 13mb in size while text was like 1 or 2. I've never had a Blackberry before. What size files can BBM send?
  • 6mb. I'll be replacing whatsapp with bbm. BBM groups is much better then whatsapp.
  • That is what does it for me. I LIKE that's it's real time, I like that I get a D for delivered and an R when read and an error if it doesn't go through.
    I find BBM way more streamline and simple than WhatsApp and that's a benefit.
    Go on Facebook and type in BBM PIN and see how many people out there are still using Blackberry and wanting to chat with others across the globe.
  • You forgot to mention that besides Voice Chat, BBM also has Voice Note (which they have had for like 5 years or more) Also, all those features listed will not be in the BBM vs released in the next lil while. Some of the more advanced features will be coming later. BlackBerry said that they want feature parity by the end of the year.
  • I just wish that BlackBerry would stop wasting people's time and just quit already. Nobody in their right mind will want to use BBM. In 3 to 5 years, BlackBerry will become a distant memory... like webOS and Palm PDAs.
  • Agreed! Posted via Android Central App
  • You mention it like if they are knocking at your house, or at your internet and you cannot do nothing until you read their articles.
  • I mostly agree, but not completely. I think that the BB name is popular enough due to so many people leaving it that this MIGHT be the way to go with cross-platform chats. They've already got the history behind them. Sure there are other alternatives, but they don't have the BB name. I do think that BB is done as a device maker within the next 3-5 years, but they may have some kind of future on the software side.
  • I hope they release this this week! I'm here patiently waiting! :-) Posted via Android Central App on my Galaxy Note 2.
  • The design is horrible. A direct port from BB10. And the thick black bar in conversation view that compensates for the lack of menu bar in BB10 is taking up precious screen estate. Posted via Android Central App
  • I have to say that of course they want it to look exactly like it does on a BB10 phone. It's a Blackberry product right? I agree alot of apps are lazy ports, but this was obviously an intentional design. Posted via Android Central App
  • This. HTC ONE ~ Android Central App
  • I really think they should adhere to Android's design guidelines. Don't get me wrong, the BlackBerry 10 UI is slick, but I want that native feel ya know? Posted via Android Central App
  • Looking forward to this getting released. Hopefully the d and r checkmarks work just like they used to when I had a bb. Posted via Android Central App
  • I don't care what anyone says, this is gonna be awesome. Without BBM, everyone's precious Whatsapp (overrated messenger app btw) wouldn't be what it is now cause BBM is what started the trend for messenger apps like Whatsapp, and every other app like it. This is gonna be an instant download for me.
  • +1
  • I just hope I can find people to use it. It's hard enough getting people to use hangouts. I'm stuck using text messaging with most people. Although texting does have some advantages. Posted via Android Central App
  • +11111111111111111111111111111
  • And without iOS, Android wouldn't be what it is now. But you wouldn't catch me using that antiquated, noninnovative POS operating system just like you won't catch me using this antiquated, noninnovative POS messaging system. And why do you BBM fanbois keep bringing up Whatsapp like its the only messaging app anybody uses. Its not even close to the best one available.
  • You sound very upset. Its an app. Its not that big of a deal. If people like it, they like it. Quit trying to shove your bias opinion down everyone's throats, because you're coming off as if you're trying to convince yourself its a "pos" more so than you're trying to convince everyone else. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm not upset at all. Yes its my opinion(which by definition is going to be biased) and if stating an opinion is "shoving it down everyone's throats" then everyone on this site is constantly shoving their opinions down everyone's throat. Stating opinions is what this place is for. And why would I try to convince myself of anything about a system that I will never use(because to me it looks like glorified garbage)? And i have no desire to convince anyone of anything regarding this. If it works for people that's great. If it doesn't, I don't really care.
  • How can you have an opinion on something you've never used?
  • I've seen it and read about it. If people could only have opinions on things they have personally used then most people on the planet would have to get rid of almost all of their opinions Posted from my brand new, super slim, gorgeous red Droid Ultra
  • This. Posted from my phone, using your girlfriend's Internet, while you're at work.
  • Agreed Posted using Samsung GS III
  • "noninnovative POS messaging system"
    How can BBM be "noninnovative" they were the first to bring messaging to a phone. Another way to say that is that they "innovated" messaging on a phone. Which by it's very definition makes it "innovative" All other messaging systems are copies. Not saying they are better or worse, just that they did not come first.
  • +2013
  • I'm excited
    I honestly think bbm has the best in app notification system
    With the new incoming chats sliding in from below
    The Live updates from contacts etc
    Whatsapp don't even come close Posted via Android Central App
  • Its just...way too late for this. 3-4yrs ago if BB10 comes out, I'm fine with all this. But now? With all the quality messaging apps? With iMessage? I don't see this being successful. They could've held a stranglehold on messaging if this was available when ppl actually used BBs frequently. Heck, it gives ppl even MORE of a reason NOT to use BB at all because their biggest feature is now on everything. Why use an OS with average to mediocre apps, underwhelming hardware, and sub par camera? Well, BBM of course! But wait, now I can have BBM on android & iPhone? Along with quality hardware, ecosystem, and camera to go along with it? *tosses z10 in trash* At this point I'm more interested in Windows Phone than anything. Love their apps when done right. Posted via Android Central App
  • Quality Messaging Apps????? ROFLMAO!!!! You made my day!!!!!
  • And then it ends the rant with Windows phone. Guess its one of the 3 people happy that Microsoft bought Nokia. Posted via Android Central App
  • Make that four. Trolls have to eat, too, I guess. Posted from my phone, using your girlfriend's Internet, while you're at work.
  • Lol HTC ONE ~ Android Central App
  • Is there another link to that video? Posted via Jamaica AC App - N4
  • I think they took the video down Posted via Android Central App
  • hahahaha this video was deleted by the user !! I've downloaded the video from youtube before delete and uploaded in my facebook page :) new link :D embed my website :
  • I'll download it to look around and reminisce about old times, and then I will delete it because nobody I know uses BBM nor will anyone I know ever use it again. Posted via Android Central App
  • Ones of people are ecstatic. Posted from my Nexus 4 via Android Central App
  • Queue the chirping crickets please.... Posted via Android Central App on my white Nexus 4
  • Might have meant something 5 years ago. BBM no longer has the mind share, influence, or success that it used to.
  • I'm in love....cascades look and spark implementation!!! Posted from my HP TouchPad & cm10 via Android Central App
  • I won't use it nor will anyone I know...I'll just continue using text & SMS and hangouts but I'm happy for those who been waiting for this. via my Note 2
  • +1
  • What I missed about BBM since I switched.. Are the Status / Photo Updates !
    Whatsapp is just dry, cold and so boring.. with BBM updates theres activity even if there aren't any chats.
  • Looks ugly to me
  • I've just watched the video via the AC mobile app and it works perfectly. :) Posted via Android Central App
  • Any download linka Posted via Android Central App
  • Chalk up another fail for Blackberry if they don't release both Android and iOS versions at the same time. Posted via Android Central App
  • I was extremely excited about this when it was first announced but that excitement has passed. Will I still download it? Absolutely. That's because I like trying out new things (even though I'm already familiar with BBM). Maybe that excitement will come back.
  • Reaction seems to be split between people who think this is going to be great and cause all Android users to suddenly switch messaging apps and use BBM (mostly Blackberry loyalists saying this) and others thinking this will be a huge flop and nobody will bother switching (Android users). The reality is probably somewhere in the middle. This will exist as yet another cross platform messaging app, may gain some users, but in the end probably won't be any different than the myriad of messaging choices already available on Android. I'll download it and try it to be sure, but unless I know people using BBM on blackberry that I want to keep in touch with, there's really no reason to switch apps.
  • The interesting part will come if BlackBerry spin off BBM. Then they are just another dev who will concentrate on what every dev does - making money and that's in iOS and Android. Eventually you might even see new features come out on iOS and Android first, wouldn't that be a chuckle. Then they can side load the android app. Except the poor PlayBook the BlackBerry device that will never see BBM able to install.
  • Used BBM all the time on my BB tour really want to try this out I hope it's better than hangouts.... Hangouts is a major battery killer Posted via Android Central App
  • Ay tired of waiting for this app Posted via Android Central App
  • September 20th, 7am is the new rumored date.