While BlackBerry Messenger is currently an exclusive offering to BlackBerry owners, and a key point of differentiation, expansion into other platforms would accommodate the demands of users who want to message friends and contacts who own smartphones and tablets on other platforms. Advanced features including the ability to share photos, location and video, according to BGR, will likely not be available.
A similar messaging service called Beluga has also been generating lively interest in the Android Market. That company just found itself acquired by Facebook, as the social networking giant also aims to ramp up its messaging and chat services.
Earlier this week, it was reported that a RIM executive at Mobile World Congress last month revealed that the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet -- scheduled to come out April 10 -- will support Android apps.