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December 19, 2013

LG to have BlackBerry Messenger app Preinstalled on Future Smartphones

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It looks like BlackBerry  BBM will be coming to even more users, thanks to a deal BlackBerry has struck with LG to pre-install its messaging app on some of its future smartphones. See press release below.

Last month BlackBerry announced that BBM would soon come pre-loaded on a variety of Android phones from “leading OEMs across Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America and the Middle East.” And it looks like LG is the first big OEM to adopt BBM.

This is good news for BlackBerry, which can use all the help it can get right now in its effort to remain relevant. According to Executive Vice President for BBM Andrew Bocking,

“We’re extremely pleased that LG Electronics will help bring their customers a more seamless experience with BBM by pre-loading the app, starting with the G Pro Lite in key markets.”

It will still be available for all other Android users to download from Google Play. The first LG phone to ship with BBM pre-loaded will be the aforementioned G Pro Lite.

According to BlackBerry, the BBM experience on both Android and iOS will continue to evolve over the coming months, with support for BBM channels, as well as BBM Voice and Video calling.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini