BBM for Android To Launch In 2012, PlayBook 4G in May

Research in Motion has not given up fighting for the consumer market, as signs hint towards a successful integration of the BlackBerry Messenger service on the Android platform, with a hopeful release for 2012. It's also been rumoured that a 4G compatible version of the PlayBook could also be launched soon.

Images of a newer BBM for Android version, number 0.8.87, have appeared on the web. It seems the service is running SitSLIP debugger 1.3.45 on a device with a resolution of 240 by 320 pixels, hinting towards a HTC Wildfire.

Although the build is still a BETA version, sources state that RIM has plans to launch the messenger at the end of this year, at least for Android. The software is expected to be included in the company's Mobile Fusion package, alongside its iOS companion.

Another rumour claims that several US and international carriers have already begun internal testing for RIM's PlayBook, both the 3G and 4G versions. The device is running on OS 2.0.1 and has been associated with AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Bell, Rogers and Telus.

As for the United Kingdom, Orange, T-Mobile and RIM (as vendor) have plans to distribute the device. The PlayBook will also be available in Singapore, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Spain, Mexico and several other countries.

The 4G-compatible model of the PlayBook tablet should be released next month, possibly during RIM's BlackBerry 2012 world event, which will take place at the beginning of May.

Source: TechnoBuffalo and BerryReview