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BBM on Android Wear is almost exactly what you'd expect

Today at CES 2015, BlackBerry announced that Android Wear support will soon be coming to BBM, and we went wrist-on to check out how it works. And, well, it works almost exactly like you'd expect. You get all the appropriate notifications on your connected Android Wear smartwatch (in this case it was demoed on a Moto 360), and the ability to reply.

BBM takes advantage of a lot of what's built in to the Android Wear SDK. When you get a new contact request, BBM doesn't show you the contact's photo (for security purposes). But once you're connected, that photo appears for any notifications you receive. When you get a message, swiping to the left gives you the option to reply, which you can do with canned replies or via Android Wear's really quite good voice dictation. It's easy and straight-forward, just as we would want BBM on Android Wear to be.

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm (the old one), and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

13 Comments
  • Ain't nobody got time for that! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Mad cool...I love the Moto 360 watch looks so sleek.....:). GO BBM!!!
  • Nifty! The future is here!
  • And with the Pebble beta it means BBM notifications and responses on my Pebble Steel! Posted via the Android Central App
  • DIE BBM DIE!! Posted via Android Central App
  • Wow.. smh. That'd be like me saying for you to "Fall over and just die."
  • Lol, yes it would be exactly like that?....come back to reality with the rest of us mmmkay. Posted via Android Central App
  • Of course, you'll need to drive a Delorean at 88mph in a lightning storm to get to a place where people actually care.
  • Seems like BBM and Hangouts are competing to be what iMessage should have been. "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Yes. My Internet got worse.
  • There can be only one Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • That's a big "FAIL" people are leaving BBM in droves for WA. From my Note 3 to thee
  • Actually BBM users are growing, not at the pace of WA of course but still growing. I actually deleted my WA because everyone that I know has BBM. Posted via Android Central App
  • Really cool! Now I just need some BBM contacts...