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BBM for Android shown off in 5-minute video

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BlackBerry has promised to deliver BBM for Android and iPhone sometime this summer, so the release is hopefully imminent. While the beta for the app has been available in the BlackBerry Beta Zone for over a month, we’ve actually never really seen it in operation. However, a new video has popped up online that shows exactly how BBM for Android will work. There’s not much difference to BBM for Android versus BBM for BlackBerry 10 as it has similar tabs at the bottom for chats, contacts and groups, plus shows your BBM contacts with beautiful profile images. Check out the 5-minute video below. One step closer…

Source: BBOS
Via: Engadget

  • JB

    Looks excellent.

    • DickGozinya

      No it looks like any other messaging client, but with added lag in transitions and lacking features that gimp it, since they have no devs left to actually write the ports.

    • JB

      You’re nuts.

    • DickGozinya

      No I’d say judging by your completely clueless commentary, you have taken that place quite fittingly.

    • Omer

      They took the main feature of Blackberry and implemented it into android and iOS, and you’re gonna say it’s another messaging client? Sorry who’s nuts?

    • realitycheck

      its laggy because of ANDROID

  • HowardJohnsonJr

    looks very laggy on transition screens

    • JB

      Your eyes ok?

    • DickGozinya

      Are yours?

    • Dimitri

      You aren’t to bright aren’t u. This is a developers version in which may lag like every other developers app before final release. Sadly Mobile Syrup nor any other site says this but claims its leaked.

    • DickGozinya

      This is the official beta released to select test markets, dude.

    • Dr_Yes

      What do you think beta means?

    • J-Ro

      He thinks it is just a word, like “twerking”

    • DickGozinya

      Shouldn’t you be out on the street corner selling crack or pimping underage girls?

    • J-Ro

      What is that in reference to? You not understanding the difference between a beta and a finished product?

    • dantonn

      shouldn’t you be acting in homosexual pornos with a name like dick? This is a tech forum, learn some tech terms before you start criticizing others

    • Plazmic Flame

      It’s lagging because:

      1) Non-Google device (regardless that it runs stock, it’s stock from HTC)
      2) 3rd-Party apps don’t play well outside of core Android apps
      3) Android needs optimization but it’s hard to optimize when you have such a massive array of devices…

    • DickGozinya

      And all 3 of your answers are incorrect.
      The HTC fb phone has plenty of horsepower to not only run android seamlessly, but any well coded app.
      To say 3rd party apps don’t play well is naive AND ignorant. If the developer is worth his pay, the apps produced will work just fine. In this case, its static text, the most simplest form of app development so there is zero excuse yo not have a buttery smooth experience.
      As far as your optimization argument, since jellybean – so long as the device has less than 2 year old hardware the base install of aosp with proper drivers will scale quite nicely.

      Where do you get your info from?

    • FuzzyFish6

      You’re going to lecture people about being naive and ignorant?

      Find a mirror and buy it lol.

    • DickGozinya

      OK manic Devlin.

    • FuzzyFish6

      Says someone with 25 posts. Who were you before you came up with this username? Who will you be next time?

    • thisiscjay

      Exactly… he might go back to “Bbrysucks” again smh

    • dantonn

      you really dont know how tech works in android do you….noobs like you need to be roasted and thrown into the garbage. your ignorance hurts all our brains…its like spox watching miley cyrus twerking and the ship blowing up!! please stop with your ignorance and hypocrisy

  • Eduardo

    Lost me at
    “they even brought the ringtone over which is really really cool”

    • DickGozinya

      The guy has a major bbry hard on, can’t ya tell?

    • Eduardo

      He does, that part was just too much

    • FuzzyFish6

      It’s a BB blog…

      Conversely, you have a major BB hate on, can’t ya tell?

    • DickGozinya

      No, I just point out the rejects that make rejectable comments.

    • FuzzyFish6

      You might want to look over your own post history then. Remember the little bit about you saying you’re platform agnostic?

      If you’re going to call people out for things, make sure you don’t do the exact same thing. It’s troubling that you’re such an obvious hypocrite but don’t realize it.

      In your own words, “naive and ignorant”. Ya you fit the bill to the tee lol.

    • DickGozinya

      You and your multiple personalities (and pseudonyms) have issues dude. Might want to seek help.

    • FuzzyFish6

      “No, I just point out the rejects that make rejectable comments.”

      It’s amusing how so many of your own comments can be used against you without changing a word lol.

    • DickGozinya

      Dude. At least I don’t praise ‘nothing’ like I’m in love with it. I speak the truth.

    • FuzzyFish6

      Again.

      “No, I just point out the rejects that make rejectable comments.”

      Do I keep praising on anything in particular? Not at all.

  • HiKsFiles

    Blackberry really sucks at creating a buzz around their creations. Just release the stupid app already. How can it take this long creating iOS and Android versions from an already existing infrastructure that’s been proven reliable for years?! Two months ago, I was really looking forward to using it as my girlfriend and I were looking for substitutes to Kik (+/- reliable) and Whatsapp (not free). We started using Hangouts and, honestly, I don’t see why we should switch now. Too little, too late … yet again BB. That’s unfortunate. :(

    • Tom

      Viber.

  • Thomas C. Riddell

    Makes me to want it more now

  • Jean-Philippe

    Can we use it for SMS and MMS??

    • Tony Sarju

      Nope.

    • DickGozinya

      Nope.

  • J-Ro

    I wonder if the final product will have BBM channels

    • Plazmic Flame

      No, BlackBerry stated back when they announced that the first version of BBM for Android & iOS will have chat & groups. The first update around Christmas will have Channels, Voice and Video, etc.

    • J-Ro

      They should have put channels in from the beginning. That is going to be huge

    • hoo dat

      Channels is still in Beta and hasn’t been officially released. I’m thinking it’ll be the end of the month for BB10 devices, a little after the BBM release for Android, and then Android should get it in the first round of updates.

    • J-Ro

      So far, I like the beta. I can’t wait to see when it catches on with the rest of the public.

  • ronnnyraygun1

    F’n release it already so I can play around with it, get bored and move on.

    • DickGozinya

      Lol

  • IJustGotaTan

    The permanent BBM icon in my notification list will be annoying. I hope there is a way to turn that off like in other apps and only display it when a message is waiting.

    • DickGozinya

      Nope.

    • Plazmic Flame

      And you know this because…. ?

    • DickGozinya

      Because that is how ALL 3rd party apps now work in android for some time now and forever going forward if they are subject to running in the background?
      People work out ways to blackout the icon (and some devs include the option within their app), but its still there and can’t be removed if you want to guarantee the app is still running in the background. Its how it works now.

    • IJustGotaTan

      That is exactly what I was asking. Most of the apps that I’ve used that have a notification entry can be configured to not show an ongoing notification unless an active notification is present. It would be disappointing if BBM didn’t offer the same option.

  • Raj

    Not sure how this will do against the likes of Facebook Messaging, WhatsApp, etc.

    • Jim

      BBM is much more robust in features and performance than ANY cross platform messaging app. In addition to basic contact messaging, the groups feature is a full fledged mini collaboration area where you not only have group chats and share pics&video but also task lists and calendar events just for that group. BBM Video & BBM Voice (coming later in the fall) is real-time two-way bandwidth video conferencing unlike the sequential and choppy Skype without having to leave the chat screen. BBM screen share is crazy…you can have someone on another phone watch what your are doing on your phone.

      BTW did you know In WhatsApp the check marks mean:

      One Check – message successfully delivered to the server.
      Two Checks – message successfully delivered to the phone of your chat partner.
      THERE IS NO confirmation when your chat partner reads your message

      This is compared to BBM where: you have three different icons:

      Check mark – Message has been sent to server
      Check mark with letter D – Message has been delivered to chat partner’s phone
      Check mark with letter R – Message has been READ by chat partner

    • FuzzyFish6

      Cue a troll calling you a shill in 3, 2, 1…

    • DickGozinya

      Uh duh, look at his f’n crackwhore star in his avatar. That’s an official shill acknowledgement dontcha know.

    • FuzzyFish6

      You mad bro?

    • DickGozinya

      Nope. You ghey bro?

    • FuzzyFish6

      Busting out “ghey” jokes and insults. That’s your level eh?

    • DickGozinya

      Only coming down to yours there shilly.

    • FuzzyFish6

      Because I have been tossing school-grade insults? Interesting.

    • DickGozinya

      Must be one of your other personalities typin then. Lol

    • FuzzyFish6

      Hey, assume what you want. Isn’t like you don’t live by that already based on your replies.

      So who were you 35 comments ago?

    • rd0t

      Well said. Whatsapp and other smartphone messaging apps come nowhere close to BBM. Kik is ok, and even that was started by an ex-BlackBerry employee who worked on the BBM team.

    • IJustGotaTan

      In WhatsApp you can tell if a user see’s your message by their sudden online status (or compare last online status vs when you sent the message). It’s not foolproof but works quite well.

  • hyperhyper

    While September 21st is technically summer, it is not so in Canada as the leaves have already turned. Seem silly for a Canadian company to say they are going to release it in the summer but wait until the end of September to do it. When I think summer, I think hot, sun, beaches and swimming. It already seems late. They should have said end of September but I know they are known for being delayed with all their releases. I’ll still try it out but it is taking forever.

    • MatroXX

      Leaves have already turned?! LOLWUT
      Do you live in Whitehorse?

    • DickGozinya

      The leaves are turnin in sw Ontario countryside. Took note of it returning from the cottage.

    • Plazmic Flame

      You’re saying that BlackBerry missed the summer release because of…. leaves?

      If one person thought of it, a mickey-mouse website is going to publish this as a story, lol

  • southerndinner

    Nice attempt at staying relevant BBRY. Too bad it’s too late.

  • amugofjava

    Will be useful to be able to BBM my BlackBerry contacts, but such a shame they’ve made it look like a BlackBerry App rather than following the Google development guidelines to make it look like a proper Android app.

    • Plazmic Flame

      It’s kind of a mixed bag really. Imagine having to have 3 different designs for each platform, that’s a pain. They decided to do exactly what Google does and have the product look the same on all platforms. Google didn’t change anything with their services on iOS, looks exactly like how it looks on Android.

    • DickGozinya

      No, they do have subtle differences. Like, button placements, menu transitions, and search box locations. All to better utilize the handsets ergonomics and developer APIs.

  • dracos

    I think it will be great awesome, everyone will be using it, bla bla bla, than after 30 days it wear off and everyone will be back to what they were doing before this, yup, I will be one of them I will give it a try, but as I said before, unless all your friends or contacts do it will die. I honestly hope it works out, but I am thinking the same as many are , too little too late. right now the only people aware of this is people who read blogs, the vast majority of people have no idea that Blackberry is doing this, when they release it most people will think that all their friends no longer have a blackberries that they all have moved to Android of iphone and why bother with this, most people want something that works and what ever they are using now works, so why bother getting this, might work for businesses people that have moved on to iphone and or Android but not for the everyday average Joe.

    • J-Ro

      I know quite a few people that know about this, that don’t read blogs. But once again, it is good to hear what experts think of current affairs.

  • marvin

    Well yeah it is laggy cus look at what android his using..

  • Lamar

    RELEASE DATE September 12, 2013 !!!!!

  • J-Ro

    I think I must have seen a different video. I didn’t see the lag everyone is claiming they say. When did this lag happen in the video?

    • FuzzyFish6

      There were a stutter or 2 when swiping between menus, but not “laggy”.

      The people saying it’s laggy don’t realize that this is a beta, running on an old device and that they’re just trolls. It’s cool, no biggie.

    • J-Ro

      I figured

  • Lamar

    Android users dont see lag because they are used to this lagginess of the Android OS. It’s normal to them. Just saynnn

    • J-Ro

      So you seen the lag or are you just joining in on the hatred of Android?

    • Lamar

      I seen the lag in HIGH DEFINITION!

    • Lamar

      Once you have played around with BBM on BB10, you cant ignore the lag on any other devices

    • J-Ro

      You can’t compare BB10 to other phones, it’s unfair. It is faster and. Still young. Still not bad for a beta. Wait till they get channels. All the promoters will have a field day.

    • DickGozinya

      You’re retarded.

  • Jenna

    So, what’s the point of having a bb now?

    • FuzzyFish6

      That ship sailed at least 3 years ago.

    • rd0t

      Superior messaging/email capabilities, the most secure devices on the market, and the intuitive OS. Anybody that downvotes this has never used a BB10 device for more than 10 minutes.

    • J-Ro

      Ditto that

    • DickGozinya

      The most secure device on the market that’s been fully rooted and has yet to have a fix for it? Mkay.

  • Charlie Gaziano

    Not sure about any of you guys, but I’m super excited to see this running on my Nexus 4 in the coming weeks!

    Remember how the new Z10′s can ‘run’ most Android applications native to it’s OS?
    Remember how they took the Android version of Skype and just ported it to BB10? (it was terrible)

    At least Blackberry is doing things right be re-writing the whole application from the ground up. Looks super promising! PLUS they still have a pretty large BBM user base.

    Could you imagine if this actually takes off? Which I feel; it definitely will.

  • rd0t

    Remember folks, what you see here is the beta version. This will be the best cross-platform messaging app on the market. No other app comes anywhere close to BBM!

  • Boris Bonilla

    LOL unfortunate about the keyboard! Not the same…

  • 4u2nvinmtl

    what does BBM do that text msg’ing cant do?

    • J-Ro

      The new BBM is gearing towards being a social media platform. So, think more Facebook and less messenger.

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