BlackBerry executive, Alex Kinsella, made some waves on social network Twitter – on Friday – when he appeared to confirm that the company’s widely-used messaging client, BlackBerry Messenger, had been submitted to the iTunes App Store for approval.
BlackBerry has long been rumoured to be working to bring its messaging client to other mobile platforms, with iOS and Android being the obvious platforms it would want to support. Speculation first began to swirl regarding the client’s planned support for these mobile platforms with whispers that the company (then “RIM”) was considering going “cross-platform”.
“BlackBerry is and will continue to be dominant in most corporations, [but] it’s not going to be the only device given the fact that consumers have the choice to bring in their own devices and IT departments are often letting them in,” (then) RIM Vice President, Pete Devenyi, told Engadget.
“So there’s a question there. Do those corporations have to manage those devices differently or is there the possibility that RIM might extend capabilities to make it easier for those corporations to manage those devices as well? … If the right thing to do is to extend a subset of those [BlackBerry] capabilities to be able to manage other devices, it’s worthy of a conversation,” he continued.
Devenyi’s comments on BlackBerry potentially going “cross-platform” were quickly followed by a report via BGR, in March 2011, in which the publication claimed RIM’s co-CEO, Jim Balsillie, had revealed at a conference in Toronto that the company planned to bring BBM, and “other services,” to iPhone – on April 26.
The report was later debunked by RIM itself, with the company claiming that Balsillie had, in fact, not attended a “social media conference” held in Toronto.
As speculation arose regarding Samsung’s possible interest in acquiring the company, earlier this year, rumors then surfaced that BlackBerry could have been aiming for a June 27 launch of the messengering client on Apple’s App Store.
The report centred around a tweet originally published by the official T-Mobile UK account. T-Mobile later deleted the tweet in question, obviously signalling that their initial information regarding the launch of the service on iOS (and Android) was incorrect.
— Alex Kinsella (@alexkinsella) September 6, 2013
That’s really the last we heard about ‘BlackBerry Messenger’ possibly coming to other mobile platforms. That was until Kinsella shared the above tweet, yesterday, suggesting the app was submitted to the App Store two weeks ago and is now pending approval by Apple.
Forgive us for saying: We’ll believe it, when we see it.