BlackBerry Messenger looks like it will be arriving for Android users on June 27th. We have yet to see the official confirmation from BlackBerry, however the June 27th date seems to keep popping up with this latest mention coming from T-Mobile UK. The carrier shared the date on Twitter and in addition to the Android release, it looks like iOS users will also be able to join in on the fun that same day.
The details were on the lighter side and the message reads as follows;
“Great news – BlackBerry Messenger will be available to download on iOS and Android from June 27th!”
Looking back at the earlier BBM related leaks and chatter and we have noticed the previous Twitter account that shared the date has since been removed. We wouldn’t expect that to happen with the T-Mobile UK page, however we must remember that date is still unconfirmed until we hear something direct from BlackBerry.
Otherwise, other recent BBM chatter included talk of the app being pre-loaded on select Android handsets. This bit came by way of BlackBerry Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear. The COO said “there is interest from other handset makers,” but unfortunately failed to provide any specifics.
With that, BBM for Android will allow for cross-platform chatting however some of the initial features will be limited as compared to what BlackBerry users have. Some of the missing items will include group chat, voice calling and screen sharing. As far as support, BBM for Android will be available for devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above.
The real question here will be as to whether BBM will receive a warm welcome or a cold shoulder when it arrives in the Play Store. Not to say BBM isn’t a viable option, but there happens to be quite a few alternatives already available and in use.
[Update] Looks like that T-Mobile UK tweet has since been deleted. In addition, BlackBerry has released a statement saying they haven’t “announced a date” and that BBM for Android is “coming this summer.”