Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry said the G Pro Lite, an Android-based smartphone, will be the first LG device to offer BBM out-of-the-box.

The announcement comes less than two months after BlackBerry began to roll out its BBM service to users of Android and iPhone devices.

BBM expansion plans

BlackBerry earlier said that in coming months, it will begin offering video calling, voice calling on BBM. Besides it will start BBM Channels, a new community building service to connect BBM users even more broadly, to Android and iPhone users.
In September, BlackBerry had paused the global rollout of BBM on rival phones, blaming the delay on issues caused by an unreleased old version of BBM.
The company said during its first week, BBM was the top free overall application in 35 countries in Google Play and in 107 countries in the App StoreSM.
"It is great to see so many people downloading BBM, but the true measurement for us is engagement, the connections being made and the conversations in which our BBM community engages," BlackBerry's BBM executive vice-president Andrew Bocking said.
He added the company will focus on active users of BBM and will no longer focus on simple download numbers.