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Bogus BBM Android app appears on Google Play

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Bogus BBM Android app appears on Google Play
Uh oh! Looks like somebody just tried to lure Android users into downloading bogus software by taking advantage of BBM's popularity. It has been brought to our attention that an app pretending to be an official BlackBerry Messenger client for Android appeared on Google Play only to get shot down soon after. Unfortunately, over 100 000 people downloaded the app before it got pulled, meaning that the phones of these people are now likely contaminated with ad-infested software.

As expected, this fake BBM app didn't work. An Android version of the popular messaging platform has yet to be released. All it did was to inform the user that it would be activated on June 27 – the date, on which BBM was allegedly due to land on Android, according to now-squashed rumors. Then it just dumped its advertisement software onto the device. 

The official BBM client for Android is expected to arrive later this summer, and once it does, rest assured that we'll let you know. Until then, better stay away from alleged BBM apps listed in the Play Store unless you're absolutely positively sure they're the real deal.

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posted on 24 Jun 2013, 08:45

1. syedzain (Posts: 175; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


posted on 24 Jun 2013, 08:48 2

2. wendygarett (unregistered)

Why is it ok for bb sideload android apps but not ok for us to sideload bb apps?

any root player here care to explain?

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 09:47

8. Rager722 (Posts: 319; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)

I'm still trying to figure that out...

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 12:13

10. realtrevor (Posts: 14; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)

Because the BB10 Kernel is so powerful, it is able to run the Android OS as a runtime environment.

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 13:16

12. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)

Nice buzzwords you threw back there, mate.

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 08:50 1

3. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

I wish Google would do more to block and remove fake apps. When scrolling through the top 100 free apps last night, i spotted atleast 5 apps which are fakes or apps that dont acturlly do anything like lie detectors and x-ray vision. DOWN WITH FAKE APPS!!!!

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 13:19

13. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)

Yeah, polluting the store with crappy fart apps doesn't make any good to Google and the Android userbase.

BTW hey, at least they're free, *insert OS here* users actually pay for fart apps :P

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 09:01 2

4. gaurang (Posts: 94; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)

thats android in a nutshell...

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 09:31 2

7. jeck77 (Posts: 25; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)

That's all app stores, not just Android, or do you not think iOS or Windows Phone never had this issue? If so, then do some research.

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 09:27 2

5. x78_nothing (Posts: 53; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

wow more than 100k? one of them oliver i guess lol

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 10:09

9. wendygarett (unregistered)

Speaking of him, where's nikolas Oliver?

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 09:30 1

6. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

How many times will google allow this to happen?

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 13:13

11. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)

This is what happens when no proper reviewing system is in place.
Gotta hand some credit to Apple for reviewing apps more throughly.

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 19:13

14. flipjzn (Posts: 257; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

Over 100,000 android users were fooled? Wow! *smirk

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 21:46

15. MartyK (Posts: 935; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

Over 500,000 a day activations, and only 100,000 download got infected... Google did a great job in catching this.. somebody please do the math.. lol
500,000 x 365=

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