BBM for Android Release Date Set for This Week; Page Goes Live

The BBM for Android download release date could be this week, as a page for the software went live on Blackberry's site today.

It read "BBM for Android and iPhone is here." However, it was taken down shortly after it was put up. The fact this it even appeared shows the release for the wildly popular messaging software is close. BBM was scheduled to hit Android and Apple products before the end of the summer so we could see this page back up in the next few days.

The messaging software will be rolling out to Samsung Galaxy Android smartphones in Africa soon, according to recent ads that were aired during a football (soccer) match.

The ad aired during the Manchester United vs. Chelsea game. The commercial stated that BBM is coming to the Galaxy S4 soon as well as other Galaxy branded devices. However, a specific launch date was not announced during the ad. The ad was also briefly published on Samsung's Ghana YouTube

The company first announced in the beginning of the month that the new app will be available in its Google Play store and will become part of the Samsung Messaging Hub sometime in the very near future.

"At Samsung we are all about collaboration, innovation and driving consumer experience based on choice, value and customization to suit every lifestyle. As such, bringing a top tier messaging service such as BBM is another way that we are expanding the catalogue of our messaging services and offering customers an amazing way to stay instantly connected with colleagues, friends and family," said George Ferreira, VP and COO of Samsung Electronics Africa.

Blackberry plans to spin BBM off into its own brand and company, according to some of the latest reports.