*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 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?