Earlier this week we announced that BlackBerry Messenger would be coming to both iOS and Android, but if you anticipated being able to us BBM on your iPad you will likely be disappointed.
The folks over at Trusted Reviews have figured out that when BlackBerry launches BBM for iOS it will only be for iPhone and iPod Touch owners. If you have an Android tablet, rather than an iPad, you will also be disappointed because it will only be coming to Android smartphones initially.
“At this point it is iOS and Android, and that’s iOS phones running iOS 6 and higher,” Vivek Bhardwaj, Head of the BlackBerry Software Portfolio said. He further went on to add “Smartphone is our real focus and again it comes back to what BBM is. If you look BBM and the engagement and the activity, it’s because it is mobile, because people are on the go.”
Bhardwaj does have a point, the messaging experience does change when you are on a tablet compared to a smartphone.
Not all is dark and dismal for tablet owners wanting BBM, however, Bhardwaj didn’t say BBM wouldn’t be coming for tablets, but rather it could face a bit of a wait. “When you start looking at tablets, computers and other screens, the usage model changes and behaviour changes. For us right now the absolute focus is getting BBM onto smartphones.”
On another note Bhardwaj also hinted that BBM could be rolled out across all manner of connected devices, with the automotive industry and even Smart TVs two areas currently being explored.