Ask your BlackBerry friends why they haven’t switched to Android yet and you’ll likely hear that they love Messenger and the cool features that come with the IM client. The ability to chat between other BlackBerry users, share pictures, and videos is one of the main reasons a non-business user holds on to their RIM device. Well, if the multiple trusted BGR sources are right, that may not even be an issue to worry about before too long. According to these insiders, Research in Motion is working to bring BlackBerry Messenger to Android and other platforms.
Without providing details such as price or estimated availability, BGR does indicate this may be a stripped down version of the client which only allows for chatting. The video, location, and photos stuff might stay as an exclusive set of features for BlackBerry handsets. You know, so there’s a reason to stay.
Why the desire to free up their software? BGR’s Geller surmises it might be to own the increasingly crowded space that is cross-platform IM services. This is definitely an interesting concept and one that will be fun to see play out. Are any of AndroidGuys readers using a BlackBerry and the Messenger service? Perhaps you stayed behind for a long time just because of the app. Tell us your story!