Nimbuzz has announced the launch of a new app for BlackBerry smartphones, said to be the first to run as a native application on the device, enabling users to connect with each other via their social networks.

The native functionality allows Nimbuzz to run constantly in the background, to have alert notifications pushed to the home screen and integrate notifications with sound.  

Free to download and free to use, the Nimbuzz app also supports instant messaging through Skype, while online chat is available for other communities including MSN, GoogleTalk, Yahoo!, Facebook and MySpace.

Nimbuzz works on BlackBerry devices running OS v4.6 or higher and is available free to download now from