It seems our friends at Tech Radar have uncovered the first screenshots of BlackBerry Messenger working on an Android handset. An expansion onto new smartphone OS platforms has been long rumoured for BBM but the pictures below seem to be the first evidence of such a strategy in action.
The leak reportedly comes courtesy of a RIM employee who claims that the app is in the final stages of testing for a launch in the early months of 2012. The screenshots below, shown on a rather ragged Android, display the BBM icon on an Android menu screen as well as a contact profile page from the app’s beta incarnation.
While hardly the most visually stunning Android app, the contact profile page provides messaging and contact book icons at the bottom of the page and the contact’s name, picture, PIN and availability status all in a neat, if dull, arrangement. Not shown in the pictures below is the source’s additional ‘revelation’ the app is designed to work with Android’s push notifications.
So no real shockers here but most signs point to this leak being the real deal. Given the imminent arrival of Apple’s iMessage app, we can’t imagine RIM is planning to give up it’s smartphone messaging crown without a fight.