BlackBerry has refuted claims that that BlackBerry Messenger app will be coming to one phone maker exclusively.
This after Samsung Nigeria intimated that the app would be offered on Samsung devices exclusively for three months.
BlackBerry’s spokesperson Victoria Berry has even sent out a clarifying statement stating, “The excitement around the upcoming BBM launch on iPhone and Android devices seems to know no bounds. Although I’m a big fan of this passion, I want to clarify that no one will have an exclusive on offering BBM. We’ll be bringing the app to Android and iPhone users across the globe soon.”
Now, reports circulating the web reveal that BlackBerry has sent out invites for an international event to be held on September 18 (today). It is highly speculated that the Canadian company could be launching BBM for iOS and Android platforms. BBM for Android and iPhone will reportedly be “free to download,” but there is no word on the data plans or a potential desktop version.
On the other hand, Samsung Mobile Nigeria has stated in a tweet that BBM for Android is coming on September 20. The tweet said that the app will initially be exclusive to Samsung phones for the first three months (a statement refuted by BlackBerry).
Considering either of the dates, it is quite likely that BBM for Android and iOS could be launched anytime this week. According to previous reports, BlackBerry is waiting for approval from Apple. As there is no approval process for submission of apps to Google Play, it is being speculated that once the app gets approval for iOS, it could be easily launched for Android. This way, BlackBerry would be able to launch the app for both platforms on the same day.