News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday January 28, 2014.
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One great side effect of BlackBerry bringing its Messenger app to Android and iOS last year was that it grew the community of BBM users by tens of millions. However, the Android version supported only Android 4.0, excluding millions of users still on Android 2.3. That will change soon.
BlackBerry says that it plans to make BBM compatible with some versions of Android Gingerbread, so any device running version 2.3.3 or later will be able to join. It's unclear if the Gingerbread version of BBM will be limited to just the basics or if it will get the full range of features. One has to assume that there were technical hurdles that kept BlackBerry from supporting older devices, and future updates dealing with video calling and screen sharing will probably make supporting older models even more difficult.
If you're wondering why BlackBerry would bother targeting Android 2.3 at all, the company points out that 21 percent of Android devices still run Gingerbread. Google has already stated that more than 1 billion Android devices have been activated, so BBM has the potential to reach more than 200 million users by supporting Android 2.3. Most of those users are on low-powered and outdated devices, but this will be one of the rare instances in which they are still able to access new apps.source: BlackBerry
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.