The popular BlackBerry Messenger application appears to be coming to both the Android and iOS operating systems.
According to multiple sources speaking with Boy Genius Report, there are plans well under way for the messaging service to come to both operating systems, but the details beyond that get very hazy. There is no time frame mentioned for the release to either platform, although it is believed Android will be the first to get it as it was easier to develop for an open platform. All that is currently known about the iOS version is that the plans are definitely in place, but there is no indication as to when it might happen.
Also up for debate is whether or not the application will be free. Apparently there is talk of it being free, possibly a one time fee for purchasing it or some form of ongoing subscription plan.
For those that love the application and think this may be there chance to break free of the actual BlackBerry handsets, there is a catch. While the new application will allow users on different platforms to talk with one another, the overall service on Android and iOS will be a stripped down version. Apparently there won’t be any way to share videos, pictures and so on. While this may annoy some users who are used to the full version, this is supposedly being looked at as a way to expand the overall brand, and possibly lure users who get a taste of it to ponder switching to a BlackBerry handset so they can use the tool with all of its bells and whistles.
We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out as the BlackBerry Messenger is one of the cornerstones of the devices. However, it has felt like a very closed system as it was limited to other BlackBerry users. Giving some sort of cross-platform communication wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world, and might actually make some current users stay as they would finally feel like they could talk with others. As this is just rumor, plans could always change, but it is certainly intriguing.
What do you think? Should the BlackBerry Messenger come to more platforms?
[via Boy Genius Report]