BBM for Android gets closer after screenshots leak

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Way back in March of this year we told you about the plans by RIM to launch its popular BlackBerry Messenger service onto other platforms. Now we can tell you that BBM for Android gets closer after screenshots of the service leak online.

TechRadar have an article that shows alleged first screenshots of BBM for Android, after being leaked by a source who claims to be a RIM employee. The source is also claiming that the application is now into its final stages of testing before being released to the public.

It is thought the application will be ready for the beginning of 2012, and the screenshots show the BBM icon on an Android menu screen. The icon is on the small size but this is not meant to be the final version of the application. Although the contact profile page is not the prettiest it does have all the content you would expect.

Presently there are not much more details about the application, but the source is saying it works well with the platforms push notifications. Also it is not known from the images if RIM’s recent improvements to the BBM service such as in-app chat will find their way onto the Android application.

RIM has been looking to enhance the BBM service in response to the news that Apple will be having its own private messaging app as part of iOS 5. There is a BBM application thought to be in the works for the iOS platform, but whether it makes it through to the App Store remains to be seen.

There are many of the younger generation who choose a BlackBerry handset purposely for its BBM service, so you would have thought the company reluctant to offer the service on other platforms. Do you think it is a good idea for RIM to bring out such applications?

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