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It’s no secret that Blackberry is struggling big-time, especially when it comes to BB10 and its smartphone hardware. Despite these struggles, there is one bright spot for the company: Blackberry Messenger has managed to gain a lot of attention and many new users since debuting on Android and iOS.

Hoping to further ride this wave of success, Blackberry has now officially announced that they are partnering up with LG to include Blackberry Messenger pre-loaded on select LG handsets starting with the G Pro Lite.

Of course the news really isn’t that much of a surprise considering, especially since Blackberry had just announced last month that they were planning to work with several major Android OEMs to pre-load BBM onto select handsets in emerging markets throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

For those wondering whether the LG BBM app will be any different from what’s available for free from Google Play, the answer appears to be no. Basically the idea here is that pre-loading it doesn’t change their Google Play plans, instead it means more folks will give the app a try when they see it’s already on their handset.

It’s still uncertain what Blackberry’s future holds, and whether or not spinning off key apps like BBM over to other platforms will be enough to plug up the holes in Blackberry’s sinking ship. Still, we have to admit that BBM has gotten a fair amount of attention and positive praise — even if the app is far from perfect.

What do you think of Black Messenger? Can Blackberry survive at least as a 3rd party app maker, or are its days numbered?

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
  • xHabeasCorpusx

    Thank you so much blackberry team. I was waiting this app. Its really great user friendly and smooth

    Now I am waiting for phone, thank you blackberry team. I know its really great user friendly and smooth.

    • iamtravis182

      NFL Mobile…VZ Navigator…Nascar…Slacker Radio…Ugh. Bad memories.

  • AndroidBoss

    Yes, this app is useful, but there is no need for it to be pre-installed on Android or LG devices.

  • faris

    This app is useless.
    1. No support for offline message if you send from Android or ios.
    2. Bbm invite worked month ago, but now it’s always pending. My friend on bb10 never receive my recent invite.

    Google hangout FTW.

  • Shark Bait

    Poor old BlackBerry, trying to cling on…….. Just use android already!!!!

  • thartist

    Oh god, i don’t even know where to start insulting these two. WhyTF would anyone want that sinking ship’s messenger slapped on an Android phone?
    Way to make intelligent partnerships LG! Stop it and start redoing your hideous UI if you want to do something that will actually help you.