BlackBerry has released some great news for consumers who have purchased wearable devices such as watches that run on Android. In the near future, BlackBerry will be releasing their very popular BBM platform for Android wearables such as smart watches etc.
BlackBerry 10 users enjoy the ability to install Android apps via the Amazon Appstore and even Google Play however there are many Google Services apps that are not available to BB10 users such as Gmail and Google Now. Consequently Android Wear is also not availble at the present moment.
The launch of BBM for Android smartphones will now provide the ability to receive alerts, read full BBM messages, accept BBM invites, and even respond to BBM messages via voice. This is exciting news, especially for Canadians where we love our BlackBerry phones but have been somewhat resistant to adopting the wearable tech like smart watches (see our post on Canadians and Smart Watches for more info). Perhaps this new advancement in instant communication via our beloved Canadian owned BlackBerry will spark a movement of adopters to start sporting smart watches and other wearable devices that sync up with our existing technologies.
Herman Li, Senior Vice President, BBM Engineering and Product Management, stated:
BlackBerry is committed to listening to our customers and integrating new features and partners to improve the BBM Chat experience. The integration of BBM to support wearable technology is just one way we’re expanding the capabilities of our portfolio and delivering exciting options for customers to easily access BlackBerry’s cross-platform technologies.
So if you are in the market for a smart watch or have been on the fence as to whether or not there would be any use for one in your life then this may be the little nudge that you needed. If you’re looking to purchase one give us a shout or stop by our mobile phone shop in Ottawa at 1800 Bank Street Unit 4.
Also if you’re a BlackBerry user, we have all the accessories and mobile phone parts to take care of everything you need for your BlackBerry smart phone.
The information in this post was brought to our attention by two amazing Wireless Revolution customers and we wanted to say thank you to Shana and Debbie for their continued support and for always choosing Wireless Rev for all of their cell phone and wireless needs.