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BBM for Android won't be exclusive to Samsung devices after all

It seems as though some communication lines may have gotten crossed today when Samsung Mobile Nigeria seemed to imply that it would have a three-month exclusivity on BlackBerry's upcoming launch of BBM on Android. After hearing from an official Samsung Twitter account indicating that this was the case and reaching out to the companies, we've heard back directly from BlackBerry with the following statement:

The tweet, though very exciting, is incorrect ... I want to clarify that no one will have an exclusive on offering BBM. We’ll be bringing the app to Android and iPhone users across the globe soon.

Now this doesn't give us any official confirmation for when exactly we can get our hands on BBM, but it does let us know that no particular operator or manufacturer will have it exclusively locked up.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

  • What was Samsung talking about Posted via The Android Central App
  • And who the hell was thinking it would be?
    Did Samsung claim that? .-.
  • Yes, I guess I should have read before commenting .-.
    *ignore me*
  • Yeah, Samsung Nigeria, via their twitter account, said that they would have a three-month exclusive. Posted via Android Central App
  • Well it was Samsung Nigeria - their exiled prince probably paid for the exclusive deal with all the funds he wanted to ship me last year.
  • ISWYDT Posted via Android Central App
  • Someone sounds really pissed of with their life :o
  • What device is that in the pic?
  • LG G2
  • Are you sure? The side bezels look too thick to me.
  • LG g2 Posted via Android Central App
  • But, are you sure?
  • LG G2 xD Posted via Android Central App
  • Why would Samsung even want this?? What is the point of chatON then??? Posted via Android Central App on my converted T-Mobile GPe HTC One
  • Most people don't use chat on. Editor in chief of
  • Most people don't use BBM either.
  • They will soon. The final step for me to put down my Z10 for good. Sent from my Z10 replacement...Nexus 4
  • I'd like to disagree. In a loving way.
  • I don't buy it. BBM lacks any significant leg up on the messaging competition and as it lacks a desktop client, is still a significant step behind many others. Two years ago this might have made a difference. Now, it's just one more reason for people to leave the BB platform, which will only hasten the death of BBM itself even further. It's a shame, once upon a time, RIM/BB made some leading edge products.
  • i don't want crappy french canadian software on my phone.
  • I don't believe this will be French Canadian. BlackBerry is based in Waterloo Ontario. Not Quebec. Posted via Android Central App on my Note 2!
  • mods can we get a ban here please. you can't imagine how offensive this is.
  • Is that any more offensive than if he said crappy American software? Or crappy Chinese hardware?
    Lighten up Francis.
  • I'm French-Canadian and I'm not offended. He doesn't like BlackBerry, big deal, lol. Posted via Android Central App
  • well I'm not french Canadian and I find that offensive. And whether you find it offensive or not, this kind of post is in extreme violation of posting rules and quite frankly, there is really just no need for it. It's an extremely racist comment.
  • I'm not disagreeing with you; I'm just not offended. I need to have really thick skin, as part of my job. If you're truly offended, then you should go through the proper channels. But, personally, I don't think Gekko is a racist. He would have been banned LONG ago, if he were. Posted via Android Central App
  • There's little that's more obnoxious than someone who's offended on behalf of someone else. People who are perpetually butthurt really need to get a life. I find YOU personally offensive. There is no need for you to advocate for people. They're perfectly capable of advocating for themselves. In fact, one of them posted and told you that he didn't need your advocacy. Maybe you need to rethink your perpetual state of butthurt. You're being a tool, and much more of one than the guy who allegedly bashed those poor benighted French Canadians you're so worried about. Furthermore, if you're going to be a tool, at least be a tool who's accurate. The term would be ethnist, not racist. As far as I know, there is no French Canadian race.
  • Racist? When did 'Canadian' or even 'French Canadian' become a race?
  • Not as offensive as referring to a whole country (Nigeria) as a sea of scammers because of sum online criminals. In the same sense we can also refer to America as a country of rapists and sick Pedophiles.
  • You may want to brush up on your Canadian geography before making baseless attacks - BlackBerry's headquarters in Waterloo are several hundred kilometres from the French-Canadian province of Quebec. Closer to the US, in fact.
  • What a dumbass comment, you gonna install it?? Posted via Android Central App
  • Lol this guy post the Same crappy comment on all BBM news on Android Central. Proudly Posted from my Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE via Android Central App
  • Douche....
  • Hey, that's a French word!
  • Touche!
  • You mean a French-Canadian word! Lol! Posted via Android Central App
  • Don't tell that to the French! They'll scowl at you!
  • What a typical ignorant, uneducated response. And you wonder why the majority of the world hates Americans like you.
  • It all depends who ends up owning the BB patents and messenging.
  • Wow blackberry is setting things straight in record time as of late WTF is going on.
  • The End is nigh...
  • Whatever! Just bring on BBM already! I want to see if I can log into my old BB account.
  • Ditto! I am hoping all my previous BBM contacts will be restored once I log onto my BBID. Posted via Android Central App on my Note 2!
  • They Will.... Proudly Posted from my Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE via Android Central App
  • They will be restored only if you used bbm 7 or further. Because bbm 7 was the first version of bbm to do backups over BBID. Posted from my HTC one via Android Central App
  • Never trust anything coming out of Nigeria. Posted via Android Central App
  • Would be kinder to say never trust anything coming out of a Nigerian samsung twitter account.
  • It would be easier not to trust that any1 can make sum sense outta ur posts -_-
  • You say that it doesn't give us a time frame but Samsung claimed exclusively and availability Friday. Blackberry said no exclusives for anyone but didn't correct anything about the claim of availability Friday. From that you have to conclude that Friday will be a good date perhaps even earlier. Anyone following this already knows that it will happen this week at some point in all likelihood. Posted From my HTC One running PlayBook 3.0 via Android Central App
  • I'm more inclined to pretend Samsung Nigeria doesn't exist than I am to believe a word it says.
  • Samsung Nigeria does exist. I should know because I live there. I think what we have here was just a case of a trigger happy and totally misinformed member of Samsung Nigeria staff.
  • My company requires every personal phone to be registered with the IT dept... (only if you need to use the phone to access company email, etc...) I was chatting with the IT guy last week. He said there are about 1400 phone registered.... a little over half are iPhones and the rest are all Android phones.(90% of which are Samsun Galaxy Note 2 and S3) There is zero Blackberry user in my company of 1400+ employees. However, I'm still interested in trying out the Blackberry Messenger app when it comes out... but who will I be communicating with using this app? None of my friends/family have Blackberry phones. Looking at the contact list on my Galaxy Note 2, I have 87 friends and 22 family members on my phone. 58 have iPhones and 47 have Android phones. Don't know about the last 4...
  • BBM is cross-platform, so you'll be able to BBM anyone with a BB ID. If you don't know anyone with BB ID, then you won't have any reason to use it.
  • With all the articles about BBM you'd think "BBM" was the code name for the new Nexus. Never seen an app get this much play on the front page and I honestly don't get why it does.
  • Mobile Nations is biased towards Crackberry perhaps? Posted via Android Central App on my Note 2!
  • Blackberry is the official sponsor for Talk Mobile, if it means anything... Posted via Android Central App
  • I forgot about that. It explains a lot
  • ^^This +9000
  • It's simply because this is the first non-negative news to come out of the BB world in a while. The BB landscape is so bleak that anything not involving tanking profits & marketshare, and the media goes apeshit over it.
  • It's been a holy grail so long that people have placed it on a pedestal. When it comes and goes, it'll be a footnote. And yeah, it'll come and go. It's not functionally better than any of a dozen other messenger apps out there today. It was the cream of the crop a number of years ago, and people have propped it up in their minds.
  • Bingo. And since then, every other messaging platform has caught up or surpassed it while BBM stagnated for a company that couldn't get out of its own way.
  • Do people really care about BBM? And as for this being a Samsung exclusive.... Not. Posted via Android Central App
  • What am I missing, what will BBM do that I currently can't do? Posted via Android Central App On my LG G2
  • It's easy to see per comments who has and has not used bbm before. It's the best, most reliable messaging app I've ever used. It's the only thing I miss from BlackBerry... Well I miss the way they do email as well, much like bbm, immediately delivered when sent and immediately received when being sent to. Time and time again no hiccups, no waiting for a sync. True push. I've yet to find an app to give me this yet on Android. Posted From my HTC One running PlayBook 3.0 via Android Central App
  • Except when their servers went down and you had a dumb phone again. Posted via Android Central App
  • I have never had a messaging app be unreliable......I send a message the recipient gets said message. Not rocket science. Maybe 5 years ago, when BlackBerry was relevant, this was an issue. Posted via Android Central App
  • Bingo. Even Hangouts has Read information. And it does it in group conversations for each participant. And it works both on mobile and on desktop. Sad that BBM being almost caught up to the rest of the world is news these days.
  • + 1 billion ; I wait minuets for whatsapp to send a massege about 10 times every day, and its annoying. Posted from my HTC one via Android Central App
  • Get over it guys, BB & BBM are history.. If everybody is using WhatsApp, then why go back to BBM? Posted via Android Central App
  • In my country (Indonesia), bbm replaces SMS. Almost everyone has a blackberry Posted via Android Central App
  • yeah it's very popular in your country
  • Why would you even want this? It's pointless.
  • Can't wait for it to be released for IOS and Android so I can delete this lame WhatsApp and WeChat of my z10 uggghhhh! Tired of delayed responses and late deliveries. Already deleted G-Talk months ago and that Skype rubbish. You guys really need to get that BBM speed and reliability in your lives tho. Lol
  • Android Users - "We have hundreds of thousands of apps and you only have a hundred thousand na na na na" BlackBerry - "BBM4ALL" Android Users - "bu bu bu, why do I need another app?"
  • You should make a meme, with this comment, lol. Posted via Android Central App
  • But that would require me to download another app, and we both know BBWorld is a barren wasteland. I can email you the text though.
  • Here it is check out the leaked app Posted via Android Central App