BBM comes to Samsung Galaxy in African territories

Messaging app to be available ‘soon’

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BBM comes to Samsung Galaxy in African territories The BB10 version of the instant-messaging service allows voice and video chat. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  August 6, 2013

Samsung Electronics yesterday announced that Galaxy handset owners in African territories would be the first to get access to BlackBerry's BBM app, which will "soon" be available for download from Google Play and the Samsung App store.

Struggling BlackBerry has previously indicated that it had plans to roll out its exclusive apps and services to other platforms following lukewarm receptions in key markets to its BB10 handsets.

 "At Samsung we are all about collaboration, innovation and driving consumer experience based on choice, value and customisation to suit every lifestyle," said George Ferreira, VP and COO, Samsung Electronics Africa.

"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."

The BlackBerry Messenger app was initially a text-based instant-messaging service, but the BB10 ecosystem allowed the introduction of voice and video chat, features that still elude UAE BlackBerry users.

 

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