Bogus BBM Android app appears on Google Play

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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15 Comments

1. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

LOL....

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?

8. Rager722

Posts: 599; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

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

10. realtrevor

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

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

12. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Nice buzzwords you threw back there, mate.

3. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 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!!!!

13. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 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

4. gaurang

Posts: 94; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

thats android in a nutshell...

7. jeck77

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 09, 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.

5. x78_nothing

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

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

9. wendygarett unregistered

Speaking of him, where's nikolas Oliver?

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

How many times will google allow this to happen?

11. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

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

14. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

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

15. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 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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