Updated: Samsung's BBM for Android app set to rain down in Africa on Friday?

Update: Samsung Nigeria could’ve jumped the gun a bit.

Victoria Berry, BBM communications director at BlackBerry, sent out a statement to CrackBerry clarifying that ‘nobody will certainly have a special available BBM.’

‘We will be bringing the app to Android and iPhone users around the world quickly,’ she stated.

While Samsung could lack an unique claim to BBM in Africa, we all need to be in for some messaging goodness before long.

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The initially official application of the BlackBerry Messenger platform on Android gadgets could arrive in Africa this Friday, exclusively for Samsung Galaxy phones.

According to a ZDNet report and a tweet from Samsung Nigeria’s Twitter account, the South Oriental tech giant might’ve snagged access to BBM three months before it arrives for other Android gadgets in the area.

As per an existing advertising arrangement in between Samsung and BlackBerry in Africa, the launch of the BBM platform for Galaxy gadgets will see it incorporated within Samsung’s own messaging center application.

BlackBerry is launching its time-honoured app for iOS and Android at some point this year with the clear purpose of ending up being the world’s No. 1 messaging platform, but as of today the apps continue to be in private beta.

As yet, in spite of the odd tip hint here and there, there’s no clear indicator of when BlackBerry will certainly pull the trigger on its BBM growth project. Fortunately, the developments in Africa suggest it can not be far away.

Bargaining chip

With the launch still pending, BBM has ended up being a pivotal conversation point behind the possible sale of the Canadian smartphone maker, which is presently welcoming offers as part of a strategic review.

The appeal of the complimentary BBM app helped to keep the company’s phones popular with the younger crowd long after the slump had actually begun and is among the most important chips BlackBerry possesses.

It might prove a target for possible purchasers wanting to choose the bones, or it may be a division that stays under Waterloo’s control as other parts of business are sold off.