After rumors speculating on the portability of applications on Research In Motion’s (RIM) Android system QNX, some websites released reports that a version of BlackBerry Messenger is being developed for iOS and Android. In recent years, the BlackBerry Messenger has evolved somewhat beyond the standard features of an e-mail client. It is thus possible to create groups of conversation, to send various types of media or to show the music being played.
Rumors are circulated on the Internet that BlackBerry Messenger may soon be available on the Android platform and Apple iOS. RIM might try to adapt its instant messaging BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) on Android and iOS, according to the website Boy Genius. This service is one of the strengths of the Canadian firm because it allows all owners of BlackBerry of real-time chatting, share photos, files, voice notes, and more. The idea is to offer versions of the BBM Android users and iOS to provide cross-platform messaging while allowing advanced features to its BlackBerry customers.
Whether these applications will provided for free has not been decided. The application compatible with Android and iOS will be, however, lighter because it will offer limited functionality by simply exchanging the text. Openness to other platforms could also be in the opposite direction, clues suggest that RIM could make some Android applications compatible with its system.