Those of you who were hoping to get RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger on your Android device will have to say goodbye to those thoughts. Although we’ve seen multiple images of BBM running on Android, it just won’t be happening.
According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, RIM is not going to be licensing their popular BBM service and making it available on other platforms, such as Android.
RIM was indeed testing out BBM on Android and other platforms. The project, known as “SMS 2.0” internally, was supposed to make the messaging app available on Android and iOS, a move that RIM considered doing in order to save itself.
All of those plans of BBM coming to Android and iOS were thrown out the window when RIM’s new CEO, Thorsten Heins, took over. Instead of giving away the one thing that’s keeping its users from leaving, Thorsten’s focus is on RIM’s upcoming phones and operating system.