CES 2015: BBM for Android Wear coming to smartwatches

BlackBerry BBMFrom its beginnings as a BlackBerry-only instant messaging platform, BlackBerry’s BBM platform has now extended its reach to a wide range of mobile devices including ones powered by Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Next up for BBM will be wearables. At CES 2015, BlackBerry today announced that BBM is making its way to Android Wear smartwatches.

“BlackBerry is committed to listening to our customers and integrating new features and partners to improve the BBM Chat experience,” said Herman Li, Senior Vice President, BBM Engineering and Product Management, BlackBerry. “The integration of BBM to support wearable technology is just one way we’re expanding the capabilities of our portfolio and delivering exciting options for customers to easily access BlackBerry’s cross-platform technologies.”

BBM for Android Wear will enable BBM users to seamlessly:

  • Receive alerts on the watch when new BBM messages come in, see the sender and discreetly preview messages.
  • Read BBM messages in their entirety, navigate among messages and dismiss notifications with a simple swipe.
  • Respond to messages hands-free with Google Now or choose from pre-defined messages to quickly send a response.
  • Accept BBM invites from the watch without the need to access their smartphone.

When BBM is installed on an Android smartphone, BBM for Android Wear features will automatically become available on the watch as well.

BBM for Android Wear will launch in early 2015.

Source : BlackBerry