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Samsung Announces BBM Coming Soon to Google Play & Samsung App Store

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In an interesting move Samsung has put out a press release that BBM will shortly be available for Samsung Galaxy devices in Africa. The app is confirmed to be “coming soon” to Google Play and Samsung’s App Store. There is still no official date especially since we have until late September for them to hit their “end of Summer” deadline. Check out Samsung’s announcement below:

Samsung to offer BBM in Samsung App store for all GALAXY Smartphone devices

5th August, 2013 – Today, Samsung has announced that the upcoming BBM™ app will be available in the Google Play and the Samsung App store soon and available to all Samsung GALAXY smartphone consumers across Africa.

Says George Ferreira, VP and COO of Samsung Electronics Africa: “At Samsung we are all about collaboration, innovation and driving consumer experience based on choice, value and customisation to suit every lifestyle. As such, bringing a top tier messaging service such as BBM is another way that we are expanding the catalogue of our messaging services and offering customers an amazing way to stay instantly connected with colleagues, friends and family.”

BBM will form part of Samsung Messaging Hub as a complementary addition to the current slate of propriety and third party messaging services that Samsung customers enjoy – all aimed at empowering consumers to connect with each other in better ways using text messaging. Offering BBM on GALAXY smartphones in Africa will give Samsung customers access to the BBM social network, including BBM chats, multi-person chats and and BBM Groups, which allows BBM customers to create groups of up to 30 people, as well as the ability to share photos and voice notes.

“It is important to strike a balance between developing high-tech smartphones that carry brands in to the future and creating a sustainable ecosystem that primarily supports the needs of consumers that use these devices. Value added services are considered a prerequisite in the fast-paced, challenging environment that exists today and as a result, we will continue to drive innovation through our smart hub functionalities to ensure our consumers have the choice which they desire,” concludes Ferreira.

“BBM provides one of the best and most robust mobile messaging experiences today. BBM has always set the standard for mobile instant messaging and we are thrilled to bring this experience to Samsung customers across Africa,” said Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President BBM at BlackBerry. “BBM is loved by people who rely on fast, trusted messaging, along with the immediacy that our delivered and read statuses bring. Samsung customers will soon join the BBM nation in its love of the “D” and “R” notifications.”

The companies have also agreed to joint marketing efforts to showcase BBM for Android to customers and to mobile users across Africa.

At launch, the app will be available for download from the Samsung and Google Play Stores, at no cost.

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  1. ….

    Why Africa?

    Why not worldwide?

    • BBM usage is high in Africa, and Samsung Africa feels their devices will benefit greatly and take a chunk of business from BlackBerry. Of course, BlackBerry feels that might be the case initially, but this is why the Q5 needs to be out worldwide to offer a competitive option for users.

      • Interesting analogy. BBM going cross platform will benefit BlackBerry with Samsung hoping current Galaxy owners stick with BBM on its devices.
        Samsung knows for a FACT, BB10 is superior than Android, and it would only take one try with BB10 (Especially 10.1/2 update) to have them dump Android by the Millions.

        This is why Samsung markets its devices as Galaxy devices, not Android.
        Both BlackBerry and Samsung will benefit with BBM, in relation to my above clarification.

  2. Interesting for sure. Now we’ll have to see if anyone will use it. I have a few former BlackBerry user friends that are excited but others don’t know it’s coming.

    • Users like us will have to tell our friends about it. We can help make this launch a success. I’ve asked BlackBerry for some BBM bumper sticks but they haven’t replied yet 🙁

      Apple gives away stickers with every device. Why doesn’t BlackBerry? Brand name recognition folks? Hello there!

  3. It won’t be long before the rest of the world gets it…seems like the US is always last and not just in BlackBerry devices but BlackBerry services…

  4. BlackBerry is always late to the party, even with their own BBM services.

  5. In my Opinion, I think Samsung has turned into Arrogant Pricks.
    That said, why haven’t they finally taken the plunge and offer BB10 based Galaxy devices? They would be much better served versus anything in market to date.

  6. It’s interesting to see this partnership, especially since BlackBerry is testing their OS on the Samsung Exynos5 chipset…

  7. Yeah every division of Samsung is run like a separate company

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