BlackBerry to extend BBM support to Android Gingerbread; Special release expected in February

While BlackBerry’s popular instant messenger made a huge roar when it was released for Android, the company has now announced its plans to make BBM available for a larger Android user base.


BlackBerry has officially announced that the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) would be available for Android devices running version 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) and higher. Currently BBM is supported by Android devices running versions 4.0 and higher. With the support being extended to Gingerbread devices, the messenger would now be available to an additional 21 percent Android users.

BlackBerry specifically mentions that the process of extending support to Gingerbread devices was initiated on demand from the users. The special version of BBM for Android for device running v2.3.3 is already into an external beta and is expected to be released in February. With the added support, BlackBerry expects to have millions of additional BBM users on Android.