March 3, 2011 at 11:55 AM ET
Amazing news for folks with BlackBerry-obsessed friends: Research In Motion, the company behind those addicting devices, might be bringing its popular BlackBerry Messenger app over to Apple iOS and Android devices.
BGR reports that "multiple trusted sources" have shared details about RIM's plans to bring the "BBM experience" to third-party platforms:
As far as what Android and iOS users can look forward to, we’ve been told RIM will offer stripped down versions of the BBM experience BlackBerry owners know and love. That way, Android and iOS users can communicate with practically anyone who has a smartphone using BBM, but they might not be able to share photos, location, or videos (when RIM crosses that bridge). Users who want the full BlackBerry Messenger experience will still need a BlackBerry smartphone to get it.
For those unfamiliar with the reasons for BBM's cult-like following, it boils down to this: It's a solid Instant Messenger app which allows for the sending and receiving of messages of unlimited length, real-time confirmations that messages have been received and read, the ability to share media with multiple contacts at the same time, barcodes which can be scanned to add contact information, and more.
We can only imagine that there would be quite a few more folks who'd join the BBM cult if the currently BlackBerry-only app made its way to iOS and Android devices, but we'll see what happens.