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BlackBerry Announces BBM Support for Wearable Technology


BlackBerry have announced that BBM instant messaging will be available on wearable technologies for a wide range of Android Wear smartwatches. Enabling BBM users to communicate faster and more discreetly on-the-go.

According to research firm Canalys, annual smartwatch shipments are estimated to grow to more than 28 million units by 2015 and more than 60 million by 2017. BBM’s large and engaged user base spends more than nine hours a week within the BBM application. Through Android smartwatches, this active BBM community will be able to access their BBM messages directly on their smartwatch without the need to reach for their smartphone.
BBM for Android Wear will enable BBM users to seamlessly receive alerts on the watch when new BBM messages come in. They’ll be able to read the entire message and respond hands-free using Google Now.

BBM for Android Wear will be supported by a wide variety of watches that support Android Wear, available from a range of manufacturers.

BBM support for Google Android Wear Platform will be available in early 2015.