Samsung (Nigeria) confirms 3-month exclusive to BBM, available on Friday [Updated... No exclusive]

*UPDATE* -  We reached out to BlackBerry for comments and here's what they had to say: "The excitement around the upcoming BBM launch on iPhone and Android devices seems to know no bounds. Although I’m a big fan of this passion, I want to clarify that no one will have an exclusive on offering BBM. We’ll be bringing the app to Android and iPhone users across the globe soon." - BBM Communications Director at BlackBerry, Victoria Berry.

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By Simon Sage on 16 Sep 2013 05:16 pm EDT
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Samsung Nigeria has just confirmed on Twitter that they've locked down a three-month exclusive to BBM and that it will be available this Friday. That's not much of a surprise on either front, given we've got a BlackBerry event in Malaysia and India on Wednesday, and Samsung has been pretty dedicated in their pre-launch BBM advertising. For those without a Samsung phone, it shouldn't be too much of a hassle to find the .APK file floating around. 

At least a few BlackBerry employees have found their way to Samsung over the last couple of years, so it's easy to see how the two companies partnered up for BBM. Though three months isn't much exclusivity, it's significant enough to make one wonder about just how cozy Samsung and BlackBerry will get in the longer term. For now, the visibility is going to do wonders for BBM's initial foray onto Android.

Those of you that have buddies with Android devices, do most of them have something from Samsung? Do you think you'll be able to sell them on trying out BBM to stay in touch?   

238 comments

martinjdub

Mirst

#BBM4ALL

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Rayed Siddiqui

Spectacular fail

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Plazmic Flame

Wow!!! And here I thought BlackBerry couldn't do any worse! 3 month exclusive?! Yeah, this is going to turn out well... *CRINGE*

I really hope that is not true... That would be the worst PR move ever for them. Clearly MANY Android users are anxious to get the app and it's a Samsung exclusive? For once, I hope the apk leaks for Android users. It's suppose to be #BBM4ALL, not #BBM4Samsung...

Anonymous2039

Yeah, but doesn't Samsung hold about 85% of the Android smartphone market?

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gregorylkelly

This, and it will allow Samsung to do some of the advertising for BlackBerry. This is actually a smart move in my opinion. 3 months isn't long, plus the APK will leak for anyone that truly wants it.

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Rowan M

Alex Kinsella posted on his Channel, "... I want to clarify that no one will have an exclusive on offering BBM..."

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seascape

Indeed. More false info. BlackBerry needs to stomp this stuff down at lightning speed in the future.

bintheredundat

Mahahahah

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SteelGreek

This apk is gonna be all over the web shortly thereafter... this won't be exclusive for long

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y0us3f

Yeah but I don't think Blackberry would allow it , they stopped the leaked BBM APK from working ,
maybe they can stop other android devices from connecting to their servers and use BBM , I'm sure it's easy , BBM Will use some system info to generate PIN ? they can also stop specific devices from connecting to their server for 3 months

SteelGreek

I thought about that but with a limited beta program that likely had pre-registered BBID's it's easy to lock down. Once this is out its gonna be very popular

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gregorylkelly

Unless that was written into the agreement, there is no way BlackBerry would ever want to do that!

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the brother

hope they launch with splash and help the cause

mphillips828

Is this exclusivity location specific? So only in Africa and India it will be on Samsung devices? or is it worldwide exclusive only to Samsung? Is is an Android exclusive meaning it will still be on iOS as well?

Simon Sage

These are all very good questions. 

Pete The Penguin

I was told by a BlackBerry exec that cross-platform BBM launches on the 19th worldwide. Not that it would be exclusive to Samgsung.

Pretty confused right now.

playbookster

Yup, launching on samsung Android phones and iPhone is cross platform.

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Anonymous2039

3 days...

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raino

Well get on it, Mr. editor-at-large :p

birdman_38

Thank you for the edit with the clarification from BlackBerry, Simon. However, you really should have done so before publishing this blog post.

There's more merit to being correct than first.

Simon Sage

You're absolutely right. The Twitter account is legit, which I figured was enough to lean on, but for something this big I should have double-checked with BlackBerry first.

axllebeer

Thanks Simon for the clarification.

Plazmic Flame

But if its a legit twitter account for Samsung (which I don't see verified, btw) why isn't Samsung keeping these guys under control? They are stirring the pot and for such a huge corp this seems ridiculous.

Simon Sage

It's definitely weird that the Twitter account isn't verified since the Facebook page it's linked to is verified. 

As for why Samsung's PR botched this (and still hasn't taken down the tweet), my guess is sheer scale of the company. I imagine once you're as big as Samsung, coordinating becomes difficult - regional branches are large enough to effectively be companies in and of themselves. Hand doesn't know what the leg is doing, that sort of thing. It gets even more complicated when outside PR companies handle Facebook pages and Twitter accounts instead of keeping that stuff in-house. 

Though the exclusivity thing got shot down, I'm curious to see if the Friday launch date pans out. 

Bacon Munchers

Those are good questions, but I just want to know how much of a positive impact it will have on the stock price!!

If BlackBerry made a truck load of money off of this deal, they better show it at the next ER!

kevdasev

Yeah what the heck does this mean..

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sk8er_tor

It means BlackBerry was able to get some cash out of Samsung :)

raino

That's quite a leap lol. Remember that Verizon exclusive? Yeah...

sk8er_tor

Yeah and they got a TV ad out of Verizon. Anyway, there's no BBM exclusivity as per the update.

raino

Ah...an update. That makes about 50% of the posts in this thread moot, doesn't it :p

Makes me wonder what Samsung Nigeria was trying to do. Pull a (Nigerian) scam?

wincyUt

Get real. No type casting of Nigeria, please. Name one country that doesn't have scammers.

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raino

Scam. Samsung Nigeria. Nigerian scam.

niran2k2

Dumbest post ever

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IAMNIYI

@raino, shame on you!!!

raino

Ok. Let me break it down in clearer terms for those amongst us who face challenges in making inferences.

Samsung Nigeria tried to scam at least Nigerians (and maybe the world?) with this information. Samsung Nigeria is likely comprised of Nigerians (like any local subsidiary of a global corporation.) Therefore this was a Nigerian scam.

Get it? If not, just get over it.

MozThaGreat

I find it hard too believe Samsung would pay for anything from BlackBerry but maybe you're right.

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boi2012

No, Moz, I think you're right. I doubt that Samsung paid Blackberry, because Blackberry needs this deal, not Samsung. Samsung is on a winning streak, while Blackberry...well you know the rest.

jordandrews90

Well that sucks

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bluetroll

From what I get, it's a Samsung exclusive for people in Nigeria. There could possibly be other locations which have this exclusivity. The countries with Samsung exclusivity may be for developing nations. I'm quite sure in North America, it will be on all Android devices and iOS.

boi2012

Good point. That would makes sense.

jordandrews90

Although I guess if the apk is out anyone will be able to install it?

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JamesPtheNerd

Well, I've tried to install any of Samsung exclusives... they bake them too deep into the OS. Even Polaris Office can't really be ported to other hardware.

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Anonymous2039

But that probably won't be the case for BBM because there are already BBM. apk's floating around.

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rizaru_rin

Polaris office? I have that on my Google 'Asus' Nexus 7, working flawlessly. Also the S voice.

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JamesPtheNerd

Sellouts. Samsung better be paying handsomely. Actually we don't even need money, need penetration. Hopefully Samsung makes BBM a household name, and does some witty advertising.

And maybe Samsung will buy BlackBerry. I'll just leave that here.

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1roguecanuck

I for one don't want Samsung to buy BlackBerry. They have enough of a problem trying to decide what OS to use. There are many other companies I would prefer.

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axllebeer

I need money, but I don't want to be penetrated by Samsung.

drewread

I loled.

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R Field

Lol

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Carruthers

Haha so very true.

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Xopher

Neither do I, but if the price was right...

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Puz_zled

It's what Canadians do best. It's what the high level business courses at Uof T, Western and Queen's teach our best and brightest business minds. Start, build, then sell out. It's why we own almost nothing within out own economy. No other country on earth is more foreign controlled than we are. (vomits into back of mouth, swallows......)

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RP Singh

+1

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asherwiin

You are obviously unaware that more in any given year Canadian companies and Investment funds actually spend more on international acquisitions than international firms spend acquiring

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rdgroulx

+1 from a fellow canadian

johnnyuk

Ever been to the UK? We own almost nothing of all the things we've invented over the centuries due to cashing in by selling out. We'd love to have a tech company like BlackBerry to call our own, even in its current state!

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arnavrs

Lol!

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indie_b

LMAO.... i see what you did there :)

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NotGoodIMO

At this point, Samsung can take much better care of what is left of Blackberry than Blackberry itself. Blackberry management sucks big time. It seems Microsoft buying Nokia has made Samsung look at Blackberry again.

gregorylkelly

I for one think that Samsung and BlackBerry would be a perfect fit if Canada allowed it. Samsung is too big for Google and Google bought Motorola, which Samsung can't love. Also, with all the Knox Knox security cap that Samsung is trying to do, they really could use BlackBerry's enterprise patents and background. I think if Samsung bought BlackBerry, they have the backing to do BlackBerry 10 justice while pumping out top notch hardware. It would give them the full control over hardware and software that they need to really take on Apple.

In a perfect world, BlackBerry would stay as they are and start taking off, but I think an artificial time frame given to them by the media is running out. Samsung would be the best chance for BlackBerry 10 to survive.

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jcarlos100

You wish they would buy them lol nope.

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petervips

Why is it that BlackBerry can't just launch it all on one day to android and iPhone. Why? Just do it across the board to all phones in all countries and all continents. On the same day! Why?

STV0726

Unless I'm misunderstanding this announce, this is a questionable decision for sure...

...not ANOTHER opportunity to miss an opportunity, eh?

But in this case BlackBerry had the opportunity to make a true "hail Mary pass" and release it all in one go, but now they are further contributing to fragmentation. Lovely.

Also, let's not forget, not many are going to jump at this until it has near-full feature parity with native BBM as we know it.

To sum up:
1. Missed op to release an app iOS and Droid users couldn't resist as opposed to a meh...D/R is kinda cool but I'm invested in Skype/Whatsapp already.
2. Missed op to launch it inclusively, period.

Does BlackBerry want to live? Please I hope my take on this is very wrong.

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Pete The Penguin

Because it's BlackBerry, who lack the marketing focus of Google or Apple.

2dfx

Probably because they're still waiting on approval from Apple. So then, why wait for Apple to keep dragging it's heels and launch on a big platform?

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Prince Radebe

South Africa too. (Confirmed)

Tyler Nellissen

So it's not really for Android, it's for Samsung? What does this mean for all of my Android friends I've been hyping BBM to? They mostly have HTC or lg... uhhhhmmmmm

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Anonymous2039

Unless they live in Nigeria, S Africa, or India, this won't affect them (as far as I'm aware).

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wincyUt

Are your friends in Nigeria or South Africa? Lol. Exclusivity seems to be restricted to certain areas. The market dynamics in some of these countries are much different from North America or European markets.

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ofutur

Most of the Android I see are Samsung. Looking forward to my Samsung Galaxy Pro once BlackBerry is dissolved

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SMCNI1968

Interesting they do it for only one country

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AlwaysSmile

Who said so?

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R Field

So BBM is only going to be available to Samsung phones for 3 months? Why would you limit your audience like that?

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walt63

Maybe because Samsung sees a great potential in BBM. And, as the GS and Note line continues to flourish, they probably wanted dibs on it before Apple. I'm sure this Samsung is paying for this exclusive.

Now that more and more is starting to unveil...BlackBerry and Samsung devices are pretty close in similarity. Many I've seen jump from BBRY went to Samsung. Little went to Apple. The experiences aren't THAT far apart. I smell something brewing between the two.

Just my two cents. I could be totally of the rocker but who knows.

Anonymous2039

You're totally off your rocker.

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berries_good

Something fishy about exclusivity. Looks like Samsung is one of the bidders planning to acquire BB.

Pete The Penguin

Don't read too much into it...

fedakd

It's too obvious not to. Think about it.

axllebeer

Say whaaaat? 3 month exclusive?! I'll have dropped this HTC and got the Z30 by then.

clipskid

That's a huge Fail if HTC, LG etc can't get their Android hands on bbm. Smh

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STV0726

Yea how about iPhone users.

I'd be mad, bro.

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Notcho

Mad you have a shity iPhone? Lol

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kae77

Ladies and Gentlemen, don't forget the advertising push that comes with this exclusivity deal. It's not an ideal situation as far as pushing it out to all Android owners, but it is a win/win for Blackberry.

Now, Blackberry doesn't need to solely bear the brunt of advertising BBM on Android. Samsung has significantly more reach, and more dollars to trump their 'exclusive' to the world. Even if it's a minor push, it will get the BBM name out into Android circles and get people asking questions. Then, when it does become available, there can be a second wave of 'me-too' downloaders.

It also helps with brand recognition. No matter the device, people will hear about it, because Samsung will help advertise that BBM is cross-platform now.

Nothing would be worse than Blackberry launching BBM to cross-platform and it failing. This ensures at least a base-level of market use. Blackberry's job will be to use that use and impress potential costumers with quality.

This isn't the end of the world, but a saavy move to help the product succeed.

chickenman18

Interesting to see what Samsung has up their sleeve with BlackBerry.... time will tell.

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deadcowboy

This doesn't mean anything for iOS, right?

Trick_Deck

So none of you guys read into the fact that it says Samsung NIGERIA? This doesn't say Samsung period. Until Samsung says this for North America too I wouldn't expect this to be an issue

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sk8er_tor

LOL, I wish they did before they bitch.

Danny Ocean

Or how about the fact that BBM isn't even specifically mentioned in this screencap/twitter exchange. Did nobody notice this?

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triplekia

This is beyond dropping the balls, at this point, I'm not even sure if BlackBerry held any balls beforehand, they just go for screw it all, Imma get as much money before selling the company.

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dacunto

Can't imagine why BlackBerry is always in the news with talks of being sold and failing........What ever happened to BBM4ALL? I guess its not BBM4ALL unless you own a Samsung, BlackBerry, or Iphone.

Tyler Nellissen

Is this Nigeria specific or across the board? Th said android by end of summer not samsung...

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ad19

As long as they still release for iOS it won't be much of an issue. The apk will be extracted so quickly it won't matter for other Android users.

BerryWizard

Looked at my streak...too old...looked at my nexus...lg :cantwatch:

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playbookster

Samsung must have paid some decent cash for this

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MWT175

How does BlackBerry profit from an Android or ios BBM app?

Anonymous2039

Advertising. Same as all the other social media sites. Look at FB, for instance!

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ray689

Calm down everyone. First of all, it looks like an exclusive in a particular region. Second of all, even it wasn't, that's only an exclusive for Android devices. Doesn't mean iphone isn't getting it. Put down the pitch forks and relax.

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Mike_Luchia

AGREED!!! I used to think it was just outside the BB community that people were roasting BB at every opportunity. It seems to be contagious inside the BB community as well and I'm really getting tired of it.

AnimalPak200

... and whatsapp can breathe easy...

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fedakd

For 3 more months. Then its fate will be akin to pulling oxygen away from a patient with emphysema. No jokes.

Kris Simundson

3 month exclusive means lots of money in BlackBerry pockets. But anyways, guess the 19th was right ;)

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Craig Perkel

Samsung advertise like crazy in South Africa. BBM on Samsung has been all over TV and radio!

People hardly know that BB10 exists! Samsung are brilliant at marketing let them market BBM!

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AlwaysSmile

Question: is this exclusive worldwide for Samsung devices or only in one country, where no one lives????
Question #2: For Samsung devices where will it be available to download? Google Play Store or on Samsung's app store???

P.s. Please to figure or guess answers I need normal and real (not made up) answers

Thanks

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olalekt

If you not aware, Nigeria is one of the largest market of BlackBerry anywhere in the world.....

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Notcho

Maybe per capita. not as a whole.

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Iggy City

"Only in the country where no one lives"

Wow, you should get out more buddy.

dustmalik

Maybe you live in another planet because you don't seem to know much about this one.

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axllebeer

Just thought of something. Could this be an outcome of those "strategic alternatives" we have been hearing about? Selling off BBM to Samsung in the end perhaps?

Asmooh

So samsung gets it Friday and then the rest in 3 months?? Kinda lame

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AshDeezy

While it would certainly be nice to see this launch on all Android devices simultaneously, keep in mind Samsung absolutely dominates the global android market with approximately 60% of Android market share. If there is some larger strategy here, Samsung is certainly the partner to work with.

As someone else said, it also isn't clear if the exclusive was just for certain markets like Nigeria or globally.

Aman Darred

Interesting. Maybe Samsung will make a push to purchase bbm in the upcoming auction. Although not my most favorite of possible purchasers, they sure do have deep pockets.

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MatthewMk2

Fucking Samsung. Wonder how they paid for this. I hope I was a lot.

1magine

Seriously FUBARed. Exclusive? Exclusive? That's like saying "Come on in. We've raised our prices for our going out of business event. "

Hopefully the exclusive is just for Android and doesn't effect IOS.

Geez, I was worried BlackBerry may take too long to being full functionality to Android and IOS. But leave it to these guys to continue to exceed expectations.

Carruthers

This is a good move I think since it gives BlackBerry an early advertising partner for its platform and likely some cash outta the deal. So long as it's only in a few limited regions.

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FRoStYisGoD

Umm that's just stuipid if it's true. Why would blackberry make it exclusive for 3 months, when they need everyone out there to be on bbm. Makes no sense even if Samsung gave them a wad of cash which in sure they did. I don't get blackberry sometimes. Release it to everyone don't make it exclusive to 1 phone.

In the shirt term good for them they've made some money of Samsung for doing this but come 3 months either no one is going to be using bbm cuz of this, or people will even forget once the 3 months is done that it's now available to all.

I wonder if this affects iPhone people has well. Clearly blackberry still hasn't gotten it and sadly it looks like they never will. Then they wonder why there not making money, when there making dumb decisions like this.

tmichaelmorrissey

If Sammy is BlackBerry's Suiter, you do what the Boss says!

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Gianluca Cozzolino

I think that BBM will be for all. Every Android and iOS device.

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psparks

Great move! Love BlackBerry

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koool1

Wow..

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Luis Torres2

Why BlackBerry does everything wrong all the time?

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maddie1128

I actually think this is a good idea! Samsung is #1 selling smartphone- Apple is dragging their feet- so good idea to give it to them and let them spread the word.
KEEP MOVING BLACKBERRY!!!!
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SirJes

Yh something tells me it's only a certain region. Samsung themselves haven't said it

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emmuniz1

My wifey use to have BLACKBERRY's and she can't wait for BBM for Android!

She's even watching closely the Z30 and considering going back to the DARK SIDE, the BLACKBERRY side when she's up to on her contract!!

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Kurt Windibank

Just launch it everywhere NOW. It's not like they can afford to screw around with staggered launches and other dumb moves!!

DS1331

Hahaha what a fucking joke BlackBerry you can't do anything right ever

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SecondLight2

Samsung Nigeria? WTF? This is the very reason BB is up for sale and will be nothing but a faint memory soon.

BB_Bmore

Statement from BlackBerry:

The excitement around the upcoming launch of BBM for Android and iPhone users is amazing. We want to thank everyone for their enthusiasm, but wanted to let people know that the program is structured so that only those in the beta will be able to use the app. The version we've seen on the Web in the last couple of days can be downloaded, but will not work on devices that are not approved in the beta program.

This was the statement this morning from BlackBerry, notice how they said android and iPhone and not Samsung and iPhone.

Would be nice if they could comment on things that matter as quickly as they do on things that don't!

fermanagh

I've heard internal rumours that Samsung are preparing a bid to acquire BlackBerry. The BBM deal is an exclusivity that will lead to greater things. By acquiring BlackBerry, Samsung becomes the leader in both the consumer and corporate markets.

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GEO1ER

Just out of curiosity can you please elaborate where you heard these "rumors" other than from the talk going on on this blog?

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raino

I heard internal rumors too. But alas it was only gas.

ddddafadf

This is so stupid. I have no words.

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Anonymous2039

Then why did you comment?

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fermanagh

Explain how that can be so stupid ? It's a logical step in the right direction for both companies. Samsung's Knox solution has not taken off as they thought it would. They stand to gain a lot from acquiring the BlackBerry services and their NOC. Not a lot of companies are willing to activate Android devices in their environment due to security concerns. Running BlackBerry 10 on a customised Samsung device opens them up to a whole new corporate world. Good technology is cleaning up in the corporate world with many companies choosing to deploy the iPhone instead of Android. As for the BlackBerry HW end of things, I'm not sure what will happen there...

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DaedalusIcarusHelios

This is a win - Samsung has and will market BBM for their devices and they are hugely successful. BB hopefully also gets some money for the deal too. Those that really want it on other Android devices can always sideload it. We don't yet know about BBM on iOS - if Apple is delaying approving it, this may be out of necessity and it could potentially strong-arm Apple into approving it if it gives Samsung a boost in countries where BBM is important.

To Rumber Drag

Looks like Samsung's flexing its muscle. Probably it threatened BB, ".. hey BB, I'm #1 android OEM, majority of android users use my handsets. you want bbm to run well in my devices, well give me exclusivity, or else, your BBM will run like crap on all my devices. ..."

world traveler and former ceo

I am always amazed that people who know nothing of the announcement or decisions or factors behind it are quick to criticize....

Just maybe... its a brilliant move by blackberry... with great marketing benefits... how about we wait and see....

Going live Friday with Apple and Samsung android bbm sounds awesome.... let's have blackberry BBM dominate on those two areas!! huge win for BlackBerry.

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Shanerredflag

Indeed....well said.

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mjdimer

Most likely it's a regional deal - but even if not, who cares? Most people don't think 'it's an android'; most think 'it's a samsung' - especially in Australia. This deal would probably go really well here also.

SlcCorrado

How can this be a good thing?? So now only some will have BBM and others will have to wait another three months. In most people's eyes, this will just be seen as another delay.

Munich669

Great news for BBM #somebody stole my Avatar.

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ARWestenberger

I've noticed that, can't remember the name of the other user though...

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Drayk

it's because Sammy will eventually buy BBRY

fragment137

I'm going to convince every one of my friends to try BBM. I'll also be to get a copy of the apk quite easily :)

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gbolahanojo

Droid users in nigeria have been ready since BlackBerry announced cross platform BBM

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dawolfen

Finally, some sanity with the update!

GEO1ER

I hope I'm wrong bit BBM is not going to pick up the way everyone hopes for more simple reasons, like the fact that their Group capabilities are not up to par with WhatsApp! It's sad! Bit I can't sell BBM to my friends they will never go for it!

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chern

for me, this brings more questions. :(

#bbmforall!!! i want to delete my whatsapp.

Sparro

The update to this story is good news. I was thinking to myself (before reading the update) how stupid could BlackBerry be? To offer an 3-month exclusive to one Android hardware manufacturer to BBM is just plain dumb, Dumb, DUMB!!!!

Jtaylor1986

The only exclusive social network is Grindr lol

MozThaGreat

All I have to say an exclusive would NOT work in the US. They have to drop BBM on the same day for both iOS and Android, or at least have the release dates close together. Most of the BBM traffic in the US would be between iOS and Android devices.

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Superfly_FR

3 months exclusive for BBM to be preloaded on +/- 50% of the market devices ?
That would be a brilliant deal, if you ask.

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Antiqua

*UPDATE* - We reached out to BlackBerry for comments and here's what they had to say: "The excitement around the upcoming BBM launch on iPhone and Android devices seems to know no bounds. Although I’m a big fan of this passion, I want to clarify that no one will have an exclusive on offering BBM. We’ll be bringing the app to Android and iPhone users across the globe soon." - BBM Communications Director at BlackBerry, Victoria Berry.

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bbry4life

Thank you for the clarification Victoria Berry, (.....if that is your real name).
If it is, that's an awesome name!

gfondeur

people don't read, people don't read, /smh

agesparza

Nice move, but in the US it is primarily about apple.. Samsung is a smart partnership..

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davidmcromano

Good work getting the update. Always got to check sources. False rumours are the worse.

byrdbrained

I'm having more fun reading the comments from the fools who DIDN'T read this article than the informed comments!

mkelley65

*UPDATE* - We reached out to BlackBerry for comments and here's what they had to say: "The excitement around the upcoming BBM launch on iPhone and Android devices seems to know no bounds. Although I’m a big fan of this passion, I want to clarify that no one will have an exclusive on offering BBM. We’ll be bringing the app to Android and iPhone users across the globe soon." - BBM Communications Director at BlackBerry, Victoria Berry.

Samsung Nigeria = FAIL.

imacj

Aside from being the best BlackBerry news so far, this was a very intelligent decision. It's got so much potential and if any tweeks need to be done the 90 day exclusive will be the test bed.

BBM could be HUGE for BlackBerry when it goes global. They shouldn't roll it out to the whole world at once without a some type of cross platinum trial. If it goes as expected it's value could increase dramatically before a total launch.

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LillyFox

What a terrible way to start CPBBM.....another Nail....sux

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Belal Aboughoushe

Is ios waiting 3 months too???

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gfondeur

ohhh GOD!!! this it's getting ridiculous,

koool1

Apple's version of BBM is already in for approval.

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imacj

If I read it correctly, "no one will have an exclusive on BBM", meaning - permanently. Man! You can't just roll the dice here! Problems and weak points are always found when a product hits the market. No amount of lab/internal testing catches everything.

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Mike_Luchia

All you bitchers and moaners feel stupid now? If you own a BlackBerry then for gods sake support them!!!!!

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trwrt

Why would they feel stupid? They said it would be a dumb idea and BlackBerry apparently agrees.

blackburberry

Maybe Apple will release it Thursday on ios ?

Andrew4life

You guys want to change the title in case someone only reads the title and gets confused.

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Iamanonymous62

Why would they change a Linkbait title?

Tariq Nasir

Hopefully this is like the Microsoft and Nokia partnership that leads to a sale of BlackBerry to Samsung..that would be amazing.

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CarbonKevin

Yes. BlackBerry being purchased by one of the most corrupt companies on earth would be woooonderful.

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amp1080

Okay well that doesn't work.... basically mobile syrup said as per blackberry it will not be exclusive to Samsung and will be released soon

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derizzle

I really don't care who bloody buys bbry, as long as they get rid of the top chiefs and existing marketing and advertising bods first... they are useless... they are the reason why bbry is in its current state...

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Speedygi

Then you start reading the bottom update...

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Easy-G

Seriously guys? I can't believe you would fall for such an obvious alias as Victoria 'Berry'! Clearly you aren't getting reliable information ;)

David De Vert

I'm sorry I just can't see this working well for BlackBerry. Unless Samsung is planning to buy blackberry and is using this to take market share from apple.....if not it seems like blackberry went to the hardware and bought a shovel to dig it's own grave.

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gfondeur

Wow, it's still to hard for read?

BBPandy

Well if you read the TWEET Samsung doesn't actually specify what the 3 month exclusive is for ;)

raino

D'oh! Good catch. It isn't so obvious, at least from this tweet in this blog article.

gdg521

Just saw an advertisement for BBM on tv.......coming soon......omg

David De Vert

True they don't specify. But really we won't know how good or bad this move is until we hear what the terms and conditions are for other platforms.

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BBNation

Even if it's exclusive to samsung, it will be just for Samsung africa. BB would be stupid to do it globally.

gfondeur

.....it's so hard to read.......

David De Vert

Why would Samsung want it for Africa? Small market share over there?

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BBNation

Cos BBM is big in Asian and africa..phone that offers BBM will sell more than it does not..long term BB at loss but BB as one company may not exist for long

David De Vert

Then whyyyyyyy would blackberry give up some of their market share to samsung just so Samsung can get bbm. Makes no sense to me. Quite frankly if I were blackberry I would only release bbm cross platform depending on how bb10 performed. And seeing that bb10 is pretty good I would keep bbm exclusive to a blackberry handset.

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EarlofEltham

I once got an email from a Nigerian saying he would give me a large sum of money... I wouldn't trust anything to come out of Nigeria.

wincyUt

Lol and which country would you trust? I guess Bernie Madoff is from Nigeria too, right. Lol

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dustmalik

There is no country without scammers. So if you have nothing reasonable to say, then go sit down.

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lnichols

Hopefully they got a pile of cash for the exclusive from Samsung cause otherwise this is a stupid decision. Giving people exclusives to their products before has only killed sales (Storms, Torch). Giving an Android OEM exclusive on free software when you are trying to become a huge messaging platform is only smart if compensated extremely well.

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gfondeur

......it's so hard to read............

raino

There's no exclusive

dobiefan

BlackBerry is announcing on "The Amazing Race Canada", that BBM will soon be available on Android and Apple IOS.

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longtermBB

Good PR and brand rebuilding. BBM is a great messaging system. BlackBerry time to bring it!

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Akin100

Nigeria has a very large BlackBerry user pool, it's arguably the most popular phone in the country, Samsung know this as they can't compete with the BlackBerry phone mainly because of the BBM feature. Samsung will be hoping to lure religious BBM users away from BlackBerry phones with this development.

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buckwylder

Of course, the best BBM and overall BlackBerry experience remains available only to BlackBerry 10 device owners. So, for the best overall mobile computing life - choose BlackBerry 10 running on BlackBerry manufactured hardware. Peace in the middle east.

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Crackberrykills

Samsung Nigeria trolled everyone. Then, tried to get us all to send money for the new SamsungBerry. Sneaky.

Driftdreams

Please Join my "Men's Fashion & Lifestyle" BBM Channel, Gentlemen: C001214D9_

Proud support of BlackBerry (Q10/Z10/PlayBook 16 & 64GB)

meherzad87

It's a catch 22. I don't like the entire thought of going cross platform as your giving away one of your biggest USP's away to the competition. I really want Blackberry to flourish and I love my Z10. They have the potential to outrun the competition hope they have their strategies sorted out.

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ndogg1

I hope cross platform BBM does well! Let people see what a real messaging system looks like!

From the mind of a MaNiAc

AppReview

Yes...so the prince of Nigeria can deposits 10 Million dollars intl my bank account. All he needs is my banking info.

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Anonymous23400

After you get your 10 million do you think you can buy me a Z30? Would I be pushing my luck if I ask for a holster too?

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eniga

why not deposit into my account and i'll give ya an unlimited exclusive apk leak from nigeria in no time.

eniga

sweet. means i'm gonna have the apk out by friday.

Parthiv Shah

Hey Simon Buddy is BBM which is a great tool to monetize and immensely increase shareholder value being treated unfairly by Blackberry. Check this article and see how ONLY a messenger company named WeChat is now as big as facebook!!!

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/09/17/tencent-market-value-tops-100-bil...

bbhuh

I hope Samsung buys BBRY!

mtpelepele

I think all BlackBerry executives should legally change their last name to Berry.

SHADOW

So wait will we still have BBM

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TheBlkGuyFrmWrk

Yes, and yes once I tell them the benefits of having BBM over text/whatsapp I'm sure they'll come over

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