BBM To Be Available On Samsung Galaxy Devices In Africa Upon Launch

While we’re still waiting on an official release date for BlackBerry Messenger (or BBM as the kids are calling it) Samsung has announced that it will be available on all of its Galaxy devices across the continent of Africa.

BBM will be available for Galaxy device owners through the Samsung and Google Play Stores for free, and will allow users full access to the BBM social network and offer BBM features such as multi-person chats and the ability to share photos and voice messages.

We’re still not sure if BBM will roll out to all regions of the globe upon release, but we’re expecting that to be the case. Check back with us for more release details as they emerge.

Press release follows 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.

  • Roaduardo

    This is brilliant. Here in America BB messenger on Android may not make as big of a difference as it would be in third world and second world markets as many of those still use Blackberry devices more widely than they they do here.

  • Fearl

    All good and well, But no Release date yet, so this info is exaclty the same as it was with when it was released that BBM will be coming to Android, as this is actuallly wat is happening. Big hype about nothing, if no release date is mentioned in any of the articles I have read sofar..

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