Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM) intends to bring its popular and incredibly fast BlackBerry Messenger [BBM] app and service available to users of Google‘s (GOOG) Android operating system, and eventually to users of Apple‘s (AAPL) iOS operating system, according to the mobile site Boy Genius Report [BGR], which cited multiple “trusted” sources.
Sources also tell BGR that BBM, which RIM might make it free to all users with the co. charging either a one-time or yearly fee to access the BlackBerry Messenger service via a third-party platform, will land on Android first, while support for the iPhone and iPad will come later.
BlackBerry users generally rely on BBM to chat amongst themselves, instead of texting.
Shares of Research In Motion were up $2.11, or 3.21%, to $67.94 at 11:50pm ET on Thursday. RIM shares have traded between $42.53 and $68.17 over the last 52 weeks.