New images of what is said to be RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger service (BBM) running on Android. This rumour has circulated in the past, but RIM was quick to defuse the notion and stated “there are no plans” of making it available on other platforms. Respectfully, that was before Thorsten Heins, RIM’s President & CEO, declared they are “undertaking a comprehensive review of strategic opportunities including partnerships and joint ventures, licensing, and other ways to leverage RIM’s assets and maximize value for our stakeholders.” So anything is possible.
According to Techno Buffalo this time around “BBM for Android”, now at version 0.8.87 and still in beta, will somehow be included in RIM’s BlackBerry Mobile Fusion service and “is on schedule to launch this year.” In addition to Android, it’ll also be ported to iOS sometime. No word of when.
What do think this time – Real? Fake? Too late?