Its not like any of the smartphone makers needed to confirm that some of their devices will be playing host to BlackBerry’s popular messaging service BBM. I mean; the guys at BBM themselves confirmed that their services will soon be available for Android and iOS devices, and even released its beta last week.
But once any smartphone maker releases a statement about something, you know its officially official. Samsung earlier today (05 August) released a statement announcing that the upcoming BBM app will be available in the Google Play and the Samsung App store soon to all Galaxy smartphones across Africa, at no cost.
BBM will form part of Samsung Messaging Hub as a complementary addition to the current slate of propriety and third party messaging services that Samsung customers enjoy – all aimed at empowering consumers to connect with each other in better ways using text messaging. Offering BBM on GALAXY smartphones in Africa will give Samsung customers access to the BBM social network, including BBM chats, multi-person chats and BBM Groups, which allows BBM customers to create groups of up to 30 people, as well as the ability to share photos and voice notes.
“BBM has always set the standard for mobile instant messaging and we are thrilled to bring this experience to Samsung customers across Africa,” said Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President BBM at BlackBerry