BlackBerry Messenger coming to iOS and Android?

blackberry messenger coming to ios and android icon

Research in Motion’s BlackBerry platform is still a major player in the smartphone arena, but its core users are in enterprise, government, and corporate markets where Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android have proven to be major players in the consumer space. RIM has attempted to reach out to everyday smartphone users with more consumer- and media-oriented devices, and now come reports that RIM is considering opening it’s walled garden: according to Boy Genius Report, “multiple trusted sources” indicate RIM is considering making versions of its much-ballyhooed BlackBerry Messenger service available for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platform.

BGR’s report indicates that RIM has not settled on pricing, availability, or many technical details of offerings. BlackBerry Messenger apps for other smartphone platforms may or may not be full-featured versions of the service; similarly, there’s no information on pricing: RIM might give the apps away for free, charge a nominal fee, or even charge a recurring fee for use.

BlackBerry Messenger has historically been one of RIM’s most successful offerings with consumers, offering secured communications in a format that seems to resonate with many users. However, the company has also been displeased with outfits like Kik (which it is suing) for making third-party implementations of the same concept. Although offering a version of BlackBerry Messenger for other platforms might seem to work against RIM (giving customers one less reason to buy a BlackBerry device), RIM might be seeing BlackBerry messenger as a loss leader and a way to persuade users on other smartphone platforms to try out BlackBerry devices. It might also help keep existing BlackBerry customers happy: if they can use BlackBerry Messenger to communicate with people using iPhones or Android devices, they’ll be that much more likely to stick with BlackBerry for their next phone.

The potential for BlackBerry Messenger on non-RIM platforms follows reports that RIM is considering enabling Android applications to run on its forthcoming PlayBook tablet.

Product Review

From its stunning screen to its slick S-Pen, Samsung's Note 9 is a masterpiece

It’s jaw-dropping how much tech Samsung has fit inside the Galaxy Note 9. It’s one of Samsung’s largest phones ever thanks to its 6.4-inch screen, and the S Pen is better than ever.
Home Theater

Images found in a beta of iOS 12 reveal the next-generation AirPods 2

Apple plans to release new AirPods much the same as it does new iPhones, and a wireless charging case, water resistance, and better Siri integration are among the improvements we can expect in future models.
Mobile

How to find a lost phone, whether it's Android, iPhone, or any other kind

Need to know how to find a lost phone? Here, we’ll help you locate your lost or stolen phone using both native and third-party apps and services, whether it’s a smartphone or an older variety.
Home Theater

Cutting the cord? Let us help you find the best service for live TV streaming

There's a long list of live TV streaming services available to help you cut the cord and replace your traditional TV subscription. Each is different in important ways, and this guide will help you find the best one for you.
Cars

Apple Car may make its debut in the middle of the next decade

Apple likely won't become a full-fledged manufacturer like General Motors or Ford, but the tech giant is diving into the auto industry pool. Here's everything we know about the company's automotive efforts.
Mobile

The best Moto Z3 cases to keep your flagship phone protected

The newly released Motorola Moto Z3 is a fine phone with a lot to offer. But while it's tough, it's not tough enough to go five rounds with concrete. Here are the best Moto Z3 cases to keep it protected.
Wearables

Huawei could announce a trio of new smartwatches at IFA in late August

The Huawei Watch 3 may be a ways off from release, but that doesn't mean Huawei isn't working on what it could look like. A new patent from Huawei hints at a smartwatch with space to store a pair of true wireless earbuds.
Mobile

Master your Moto E5 Plus and E5 Play with these handy tips and tricks

The Moto E5 Plus and Moto E5 Play are Motorola's latest budget phone offerings. Whether you're new to Moto phones or just upgrading, there are plenty of special features to explore. Here are our favorite Moto E5 tips and tricks.
Mobile

Quindim, quiche or quesito? What will Android Q be called?

We always like to wildly speculate about the next dessert-themed name for Android, but the letter Q is making that tougher than usual. Here are our best guesses and suggestions for the full name of Android Q.
Wearables

Is this proof Google plans to launch a Pixel Watch soon?

From its Pixel smartphones to Google Home, the Google brand is quickly becoming synonymous with high-quality consumer hardware. This year, it looks like Google may branch out a little further by creating its first smartwatch.
Mobile

Samsung confirms the Galaxy S10 won't be the first 5G phone

It may be no more than a sparkle in Samsung's eye, but the Samsung Galaxy S10 is definitely coming. Here's everything we know about what's sure to be Samsung's most amazing creation so far.
Wearables

Samsung's new Galaxy Watch touts ultra-tough glass, multiday battery life

Samsung has finally introduced a sequel to the Galaxy Gear S3 smartwatch -- called the Samsung Galaxy Watch. The new device features a slick design, Samsung's Tizen operating system, and a heart rate monitor to help you track your fitness.
Mobile

Free yourself! How to unlock a phone from the icy hands of your wireless carrier

Do you want to know how to unlock a phone through your carrier or a third-party service like DoctorSIM? Regardless of which way you want to go, we've compiled a list of requirements and methods for doing so.
Mobile

Huawei P20 photos show bezel-less display with teardrop notch, triple camera module

Huawei is no stranger when it comes to big phones. And this year it plans to go even bigger with the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. Here's what we think we know about the new range.