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PSA: Beware of the Many Fake BBM Apps on the Play Store

September 21, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Today is BBM day, well it’s supposed to be. We’re still waiting for Blackberry to push the app into Google Play. In fact they said it’s coming soon.

Thanks for your patience #Android users! Working hard to get you the real #BBM ASAP. We’ll let you know when it’s live. #BBM4ALL

So we’re keeping our eyes out to see when BBM actually finally launches. But if you weren’t aware that it hadn’t already launched, you probably went searching in the Play Store this morning for BBM, like I did. You probably also found a ton of BBM apps, of course they are all fake. Even the ones by ‘Blackberry Inc’ are fake. So we just wanted to take this time to remind everyone and make sure you all knew that there are many fake BBM apps out there on the Play Store and to be careful. If you can, it’s a good idea to report these apps to Google as well, so they can be removed.

Let’s talk about how you can spot fake apps. Since this isn’t just the case for BBM, but there are other fake apps out there as well. You can start at the logo. Now the BBM logo looks very similar to the ones on these apps, so that’s a bit hard to tell. Next check out the developer’s name. Stuff like Mobile Freakz, and Andropedia Lab are definitely not going to be the real deal. But there are a few apps by a developer named ‘Blackberry Inc.”. Their apps almost got me as well, because that would look like the real deal. You can also check out the description, take this one for example:

Blackberry Messenger Full Edition!!!
For All Android Devices and also it is FREE!!!
BBMâ„¢ 7.0.1 now gives you the freedom to chat with your friends the way you want. Seamlessly switch from a BBM conversation to a BBM Voice chat and talk to your friends, virtually wherever they are in the world, for free over Wi-Fi. Stay in touch like never before with BlackBerry® Messenger. New on the latest version of BBM: -BBM Voice now available for BlackBerry OS 5 users – Talk or text, the choice is yours. BBM Voice connects you to friends in an instant, directly from a BBM chat screen. (BBM Voice might not be supported in all regions or device versions. Visit our BBM support page below for more details.) -BlackBerry ID Integration (optional) – Simplifies OS and device upgrades. Device switches are as simple as entering your BlackBerry ID when you first open BBM, and your BBM profile, contacts and groups are instantly available on your new device. *PLEASE READ* 1. Both users require BlackBerry OS 5 or higher, data plan and Wi-Fi connection for BBM Voice chat. Please check with your service provider for availability and restrictions. 2. If you haven’t associated your BBM contacts with a BlackBerry ID, please back up your contact list by displaying the menu within BlackBerry Messenger – Options – Back Up before downloading. (Available for users of BBM 5.0 and above). 3. Please ensure that you are using RIM or network approved BlackBerry® Device Software to avoid compatibility issues that may result in loss of the BBM icon. 4. After installing the new version of BBM, restart your device. For technical support with BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), visit http://www.blackberry.com/support/messenger. For billing issues and technical support options related to App World only, please visit http://www.blackberry.com/support/appworld

Can we say fake? So let’s be sure not to get suckered in by all these fake apps and wait for the real one. Which will show up on Blackberry’s Google Play Page here.