BGR has learned from multiple trusted sources that Research In Motion is planning to bring its beloved BlackBerry Messenger app and service to Android, and eventually to iOS as well. According to our sources, RIM has not yet finalized details surrounding timing or pricing, but we have heard that the company might make the software free to all users. We’re also told strategy is still being developed, however, and RIM may end up charging users a one-time fee or even a recurring fee for access to its BBM service on third-party platforms.
It might seem a bit strange for RIM to want to bring the software that is responsible for keeping BlackBerry devices in the hands of countless potential defectors, but in the big picture, we think it could make sense. The company is getting very frustrated with applications like WhatsApp and Kik offering third-party experiences based on a concept RIM invented, and RIM apparently wants to own the space.
The version of BBM that will be available to non-BlackBerry devices will be stripped down so they can send messages but they might not be able to share photos, location, or videos. According to the sources, RIM is planning on getting an Android version out the door some time this year with an iOS version to follow, but nothing is definite just yet. Also remember that this is a rumor and nothing more till RIM mentions it but as I’ve said before, BG is usually on point.