Samsung on Monday said BlackBerry’s upcoming BBM service will be available for its Galaxy line of devices soon, marking the first time a third party has acknowledged the platform’s imminent release. The company said once the app goes live it’ll be available through Google Play, and that it’ll also be offered through the company’s own Samsung App store for customers in Africa; no release date was shared, though BBM for Android has already popped up in beta.
When the app does go live, users will have access to features such as BBM chats, multi-person chats and BBM Groups, where you’ll be able to chat with up to 30 people at once. Samsung VP and COO of Samsung Electronics Africa, George Ferreira, referred to BBM for Android a “value added service,” and said the company is committed to ensuring customers have the choices “they desire.”
Samsung is one of the most recognizable mobile brands working today, so if it’s already getting people hyped on BBM’s arrival, you can bet we’ll see one of BlackBerry’s best assets arrive on competing platforms soon.