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This article was published on November 26, 2013

BlackBerry partners with 12 OEMs to preinstall BBM on Android smartphones starting next month

BlackBerry partners with 12 OEMs to preinstall BBM on Android smartphones starting next month Image by: Justin Sullivan
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BlackBerry today announced it has struck deals with 12 OEMs to preinstall BBM for Android on their smartphones starting next month. Unsurprisingly, no deal was announced regarding BBM for iOS given that Apple controls what comes preinstalled on its devices.

While none of the smartphone makers are big names such as Samsung, HTC, Motorola, or LG, they do have a pull in their respective regions: Be, Brightstar, Celkon, EVERCOSS, IMO, Micromax, Mito, Snexian, Spice, TECNO, TiPhone, and Zen are all onboard. The Android smartphones will be sold across Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

See also – BlackBerry says BBM for Android and iOS passed 20m users in the last week, pushing BBM’s total userbase past 80m and BlackBerry does ‘not approve of or condone’ the fishy BBM for Android reviews, denies any involvement

Top Image Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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