As we all know, Blackberry messenger has officially been launched on android. Some Blackberry users
think this recent development is not fair on Blackberry users, hence their show of disapproval.
I want to ask the Blackberry users in the house, have you gotten this message that is being sent to all BB
users by Anti-Android activists? Cos although I didn’t, word on the nigerian blogosphere says its bin circulating for some time now…..
“Attention Blackberry Users: If u receive any BBM request and d pin starts wit 7, pls dnt accept. We
dnt care if you use an iPhone, Techno Phantom or Samsung S4, if you want 2 ping, buy a Blackberry; b4 u guys will turn bbm to 2go.”
BlackBerry has suspended its plans to make available
its messenger, BBM on Android and iPhones until
further notice due to high downloads of the
unofficial version of the app by Android users.
BlackBerry’s statement on its official blog.
“Prior to launching BBM for Android, an unreleased
version of the BBM for Android app was posted
online. The interest and enthusiasm we have seen
already – more than 1.1 million active users in the
first 8 hours without even launching the official
Android app – is incredible. Consequently, this
unreleased version caused issues, which we have
attempted to address throughout the day.
Our teams continue to work around the clock to
bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when it’s
ready and we know it will live up to your
expectations of BBM. We are pausing the global roll-
out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Customers who
have already downloaded BBM for iPhone will be
able to continue to use BBM.
The unreleased Android app will be disabled, and
customers who downloaded it should
visitwww.BBM.comto register for updates on official
BBM for Android availability.
As soon as we are able, we will begin a staggered
country roll-out of BBM for Android and continue the
roll-out of BBM for iPhone. Please follow @BBM on
Twitter for the latest updates and go
towww.BBM.comto sign-up for updates about BBM
for Android and iPhone. These issues have not
impacted BBM service for BlackBerry.”
Whether you want it or not, Blackberry
Messenger will soon arrive to the Android
platform. If you are eagerly awaiting its
release, be careful, as scammers seem to be
lurking in the shadow just waiting to fool you
into downloading their fake apps.
Just a few months ago, an app claiming to be
an official BBM application arrived to the Play
Store scamming quite a few folks before it was
finally pulled. Now BBM App by BBM Android
has shown up in the Play Store, and looks to be
the same (or a similar) app.
Bottom-line, this isn’t an official Blackberry
app or even a working alternative. It should
be avoided, simple as that.
What’s really interesting here is right in the
description it says, “Due to Blackberry pulling
this app, I have created an app to get the real
app.” So right in the description we learn this
is an app designed to download another app.
That right there should be enough to make you
run clear in the other direction. If that’s not
enough to deter you, the the app already has
over fifty 1-star ratings and costs $1.50.
Most of the user complaints say the app never
makes it past a white screen or says it will
download the “real” app, but this process
seems to fail or the app doesn’t do anything at
all. Bottom-line, this isn’t an official Blackberry
app or even a working alternative. It should be
avoided, simple as that.
When the official BBM app does arrive, we’ll be
sure to let you know!
The first image of the BlackBerry A10 which is a 5-inch 1280 x 720 display with a dual-core processor has been leaked. There is no suprise in terms of the physical appearance as it looks much like the Z10 and will apparently run the yet to be official Blackberry OS10.2.
Do you think the A10 will be a HIT or MISS for Blackberry?