Android users running Gingerbread devices will soon have access to BBM

By Bla1ze on 28 Jan 2014 05:33 pm EST
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When BBM was released for Android it was limited to devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and above. That left quite a few people without considering the fact that as of January 8th, there was still 21 percent of all Android users still running Gingerbread. No matter though because the folks at BBM have been working on hard on a special release for those individuals and are now moving into an external beta ahead of the launch in February. If you have a Android device running Gingerbread, best to create a BlackBerry Beta Zone profile.

55 comments

KlausW

Gingerbread? Sounds funny!

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gameson

rather than working on older OS, why don't they make it available for Android Tablet? I have Nexus 7 v.2013 and I can not use BBM while iPad can??

Last I check, total combined of Android tablet market is a lot more than iPad tablet.

Double_De

Just download mobile1one market I have BBM on a Kindle fire hd

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FirstBerry101

1mobile will allow you to install on nexus 7.

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FirstBerry101

Its pretty easy. Less work to install than complain its not on Google market.

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gameson

the point is I do not want to do workaround, it has to be accessible easily... I don't want to use 1mobile just to get BBM apk as I do not use 1mobile for my android app, I have Nexus 7 for my android app

shiftymagoo

Dude you don't need a client to install it. You just need to download the. Apk file from and trusted source through your browser and install it. I've done this on 2 tf700/701 10" tablets.

It's not a work around and is easier than posting your dissatisfaction on crackberry.

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TrueKulcha

"Older OS" still accounts for 21% of androids so in my opinion this makes perfect sense.

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axllebeer

On the other hand, after converting to a bar file, this might run on the PlayBook. :-)

scalemaster34

PlayBook????

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Bla1ze

RIP BlackBerry PlayBook 2011 - 2013

#Neverforget.

SparkyBC

It's laughable a playbook can't even have bbm without bridge.

Guess that was our bonus for being suckers for this half baked tablet

SteelGreek

Agreed, thank you... adios PlayBook

Mine has been in my drawer for what seems like years at this point

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nealjane1

why dont you sell it and let someeone else still have some use out of it.....??

Prem WatsApp

+1

What version? Berapa harganya?

("How much for that", hello to our Indonesian friends from Australia, need to get back into it, it's a funny and easy to learn language, yeah Jakarta, I know)

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

mnhockeycoach99

Won't the Gingerbread version work on the PlayBook?

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Prem WatsApp

Good thinking, but what a hack. Would prefer native.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

FirstBerry101

I do wish the playbook would get runtime update, still has okay specs for android.

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thisiscjay

I will admit that with Gingerbread support I had my fingers crossed. I'm sure some die hard will hack up a very unusable version lol..

FirstBerry101

Well this is a good thing, and not just for developing markets. I have a lot of friends still running android 2.3 because they are not addicted to having a new cell phone every year like me!

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ad19

Chances this will work side loaded on the PlayBook?

NamelessStar

Finally can get off whatsapp soon as this goes live.

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TrueKulcha

Getting off WhatsApp or at least having more ammo to try and convince the masses is the bonus here

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yvpan1

aha, #BBMver2 is coming!!! let's trump the others!

yeah, since #BBM4ALL i hardly use my whatsapp, 98% of my convos are now on BBM. with this new support for BBM2.0 on iOS & Android + Gingerbread access, i guess i don't have to worry too much about whatsapp any longer HAHA!

k8bushlover

Somebody had already modded this to work on Gingerbread back on release, I think. I can't vouch that it did actually work, however. Nice to see an official release on the way, though.

iamagod

What a waste of time.

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EchoesFX

Good news. I have a few friends that would use BBM, but they are poor and have crappy phones. If it lets them use the service, great.

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Prem WatsApp

Gingerbreads are still sold and bought here in Australia.

I have two, small and very pocketable, my wife is using one for ringing, texting (and a bible app), because it's dual SIM. BBM would make it a more useful phone.

Not much RAM and internal memory on those things, needs to be A very slim version.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

qudahamohammad

what about Windows Phone? don't we deserve some love?

birdman_38

Not according to Alex Kinsella

tnewton85

Ahah who the hell would still be running gingerbread??

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birdman_38

Only 21% of Android users, as stated in the article.

PeterWGPS

This is actually fantastic! We need the Android user error on older devises to have BBM. They are more likely to need a phone upgrade soon and could give BlackBerry a look

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PeterWGPS

Didn't mean to type error before... I also have a team of folks working for me on gingerbread android phones. I personally can't wait to make my people get BBM.

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naturalblue

really hoping this "special release" isn't a completely different application in the play store, rather just an update to the current bbm. i would really lose faith in them if they couldn't get this all under one app.

boldbalance

I agree with you there! +10

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jamesy77

I'm still trying to come to grips on why Blackberry decided to go cross platforms with BBM, which from my own point of view, has slowed down the sales further on their own devices and more people running to buy IOS or Samsung, because they could now have access to BBM. Has Blackberry shot themselves in the foot? It just doesn't make any sense to cross platform one of the main features that is unique to Blackberry, while trying to increase sales on their own devices. #justcurious

Fayzul Omar

BlackBerry now concentrating on Enterprise side of their business. Phone sales is just their side business nowadays :)

Making BBM cross platform is BlackBerry ways of promoting BlackBerry brand. And probably making money through advertisement later on.

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GEO1ER

If BlackBerry goes down it will go down with or without BBM going cross platform. Keeping BBM exclusive to BlackBerry devices wasn't helping their sales. Why would making BBM cross platform hurt them? Do you think for one second Android or iPhone users are going to say "oh wait BBM is exclusive to BlackBerry? that's it! I'm dropping my Galaxy S4 for a new BlackBerry". Come on! Think forward! Making BBM cross platform exposes the brand and gives BlackBerry an advantage over apps like iMessage which is NOT cross platform and puts the BlackBerry logo on some of the most valuable real estate in the cyberworld, iPhone and Android home screens!

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billsterjito

Also there is a real chance that BBM Could become profitable if BlackBerry plays their cards right in the future. Step one is to get the functionality to the masses. Step 2 make some profit behind the scenes.

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cvdburgh

How about:
1: ads on any other platform but BB10
2: full version @75 cents or something, to get it ad-free on iOS, Droid, WinPhone
3: even more robust secure 'pro'/'enterprise' option cross platform, for professionals like doctors and such, that are now using WhatsApp to share patiënt X-rays and info (against their better judgement, but it happens!). This may cost more.

naturalblue

i don't think ads in any messenger is a good idea. you really need to find another way to profit. what blackberry needs to do is be able to give that same bbm experience on the other devices that it does that makes it like "crack" on blackberry. currently, they aren't doing that. the apps on ios and android are subpar. so really, until they bring that experience from blackberry to the other platforms, they really just need to forget about monetization.

GEO1ER

I agree with natural blue. Forget adds! You can pull a WhatsApp and charge $.75 a year down the road. That's still cheaper than WhatsApp. And yes, it is imperative they add the same features on BBM for BlackBerry to other platforms. I think BBM 2.0 is a step in the right direction but you still need more. Like BBM Video! Also there is stuff missing on BlackBerry's version of BBM that is essential for it to compete with WhatsApp, like sharing, files, location, video, photos, etc... in Group Chats. currently you can only do that on individual chats on BBM. The other important thing is allowing for larger sized files to be shared. Currently WhatsApp can transmit larger files than BBM. Also, the option to record and attach a voice note right from the app is nice. And finally I like the fact that photos transmitted on WhatsApp are larger on the chat screen than on BBM. Little things that make a huge difference.

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heyjohnnybravo

I do hope they add functionality to current xBBM as well as it isn't the most elegant (or reliable) on Android at the moment.

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Bin Hoff

My son is running 2.3. He's part of the 21% that was pissed when it said not available for your version of android upon hitting the download button.
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Bran Winterfell

And my wife (Galaxy Ace...). I guess I'm the only bb10-user here (living in a small village in germany), everyone is using WhatsApp, but I refuse to use this messenger , so my wife is sending me sms to communicate. Would be great if BBM could run on her device.

smallbiz

So does this mean that if you have a Samsung GT-S5660M running Android 2.3.4 that BBM will work if you are on wifi?

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bluesql

God bless Android users

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Eric Gonzales1

I'm trying to root this HTC without p.c. any suggestions ?

cvdburgh

Nice! Of the seven other people in www.voxtet.nl, two have iPads but not smartphones, 2 have iPhones and 2 have recent Androids, all can use BBM. The last one has an older Android, so if we can get him on BBM, we're all set! It will de-clutter my e-mail, which we sometimes have to use now as a chatting medium...
Now, if they bring BBM to Windoze Phone, I can ditch WhatsApp altogether...

backfire101

Could this mean that we could sideload this to our beloved playbook :)

christoph77

Gingerbread is old tho.

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Bin Hoff

Gingerbread is old but runs great on older slower equipment.

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Blackberry_Boss

That's kool and all but ummmm can I just get BBM 2.0 first (in my Kanye West voice)

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