We’ve already seen plenty of alleged screenshots of BBM running on Android and we’ve long expected the service to launch on both iOS and Android smartphones at some point. We believe RIM wants to make that step even more now that it’s open to new options to help turn the company around.
A source on Wednesday sent us several new images of BBM for Android version 0.8.87 running SitSLIP debugger 1.3.45 on a device with a 320 x 240-pixel resolution display, the same used in the HTC Wildfire. We’re told that RIM plans to include BBM for Android and iOS in its Mobile Fusion package also, which was introduced last year for enterprise users.
Are they legit? Our source says so, but late last year, Bla1ze from CrackBerry.com noticed that the font in earlier photographs is native to BlackBerry devices, which meant it seemed out of place on an Android smartphone. We asked our source that question this time around and, unfortunately, all we were told is that he or she is not a developer on the project and is simply working on fixing bugs.
The source also said that BBM for Android is on schedule to launch this year, although he or she wasn’t clear about the iOS launch date.