January 7, 2015
BlackBerry Ltd. today announced at the 2015 International CES that BBM will be available on wearable technologies for a range of Android Wear smartwatches, which it said will enable 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 this year and more than 60 million by 2017.
The Waterloo, Ont.-based company estimates that its BBM user base spends more than nine hours a week within the BBM application. Through Android smartwatches, they will be able to access their BBM messages directly on their smartwatch without the need to reach for their smartphone, it added.
BBM for Android Wear will enable BBM users to:
* 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 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.
BBM for Android Wear will be supported by a variety of watches that support Android Wear, available from a range of manufacturers. With BBM installed on an Android smartphone, BBM for Android Wear features will become available on the watch automatically.