There is good news for users of Android devices running on Android Gingerbread OS. Canadian handsets maker has announced yesterday in their blog post that their most popular messaging app, BBM which was recently made available on the Android version 4.0 ICS or higher and iOS mobile platforms, will now be available in the month of February, on the lower-end Android devices that are running on Gingerbread version 2.3.3+.
According to Jeff Gadway, Head of Product and Brand Marketing for BBM,”The team at BBM has been busy in the kitchen over the last few months cooking up this special release of BBM for Android smartphones running Gingerbread and are now moving into an external beta ahead of the launch in February. We couldn’t be more excited, too! Supporting Gingerbread will allow millions more Android users to download the popular BBM instant messaging app.
According to the recent Android Developer Dashboard published on January 8, 2014 , Gingerbread represented about 21 per cent of the total Android platform. If you recall, BBM was huge hit when it was launched on Android version 4.0 or higher and iOS platforms and over 20 million users downloaded it within the first week of its release on these platforms. Similarly, BlackBerry will be able to expand its BBM user base on low-cost Android devices, which are still using Gingerbread OS especially in developing countries including India.