BBM for Android goes live, Samsung gets African exclusive

It’s official: if you go to the Samsung App Store right now from your Samsung Android device you can download BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). After months of waiting and a couple of false starts, in a post on Blackberry’s official blog, Senior VP in charge of BBM Andrew Bocking laid out all of the details of the relaunch of the chat app that made Blackberry famous on its competitors smartphones.

And what’s really odd is that Samsung has an exclusive on BBM, the smartphone app that allows BlackBerry users to talk to each other using their data allowance rather than SMS cap. While generic Android and iOS versions are going live in other parts of the world today, in sub-Saharan Africa only Samsung phones will be able to access the service.

The roll out has already started with the app available in the Samsung app store and will come to the Google Play store and iTunes store in three days time according to the blog post. Those that registered for information on BBM via Blackberry’s website will be able to log in immediately with their email addresses while those who didn’t will be allowed to sign up to join the queue (similar to how the iOS only Mailbox app launched earlier in the year).

The full statement from Blackberry is below:

This is the news you’ve been waiting for! I am thrilled to tell you that we are about to officially resume our rollout of BBM for Android and iPhone customers around the globe!* In the next few hours, people will start seeing BBM in Google Play, the App Store and in select Samsung App Stores – where it will be free to download.

The demand for BBM on Android and BBM on iPhone continues to be amazing. About six million people signed up for information about BBM at As you know, in just seven hours, about one million Android users were using the unreleased version of BBM for Android. What you don’t know is that more than one million people have found creative ways to “side load” BBM on their iPhone. This is incredible.

To help manage this unprecedented pent up demand for BBM, we are implementing a simple line-up system to ensure a smooth roll out. Here’s how it is going to work…


BBM Roll Out Details:

  1. Download BBM – the easiest way is to visit from your Android or iPhone browser*
  2. Once you install the app, open it, and enter your email address to hold your spot in line
  3. We will email you as soon as you reach the front of the line and can start using BBM


If you are among the millions that took the time to sign up at, you can start using BBM immediately without waiting in line.* If you didn’t sign up in advance, don’t worry – we are focused on moving millions of customers through the line as fast as possible.

Our team of developers and engineers has been working around the clock to bring you BBM – and make some upgrades while we’re at it – and some incredible work has been done. I look forward to sharing more of this with you here, on Inside BlackBerry, soon.

For updates on how quickly the line is moving you can follow @BBM on Twitter. I will be back tomorrow with another post to provide you with an update on the line-up and to share more detail about the work the team has done over the last several weeks.

Lastly, thank you for your patience. We know you’re excited (we are too!) and we look forward to having you join us on BBM.

*Samsung customers in Sub-Sahara Africa can download BBM today from the Samsung Apps store. iPhone and other Android users in Africa will be able to download the app in three days’ time.


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