Not too long ago, we heard that Blackberry was working on an update to BBM that would support those running Gingerbread still. Yes Gingerbread is a pretty old OS, approaching 4 years old now, but there’s still a pretty big chunk of people running that version of Android. For those of you still using BBM, this means that many more people will be using BBM. Since there’s around a quarter of the Android population using Gingerbread still.
This new version of the app is for Android 2.3.3 and higher. It’s also leaked out and it could potentially crash BBM’s servers. We’ve seen that happen before, back last year when it was leaked out and actually postponed the launch of the BBM for Android app. So be careful out there with installing this leaked version of the app.
The folks over at N4BB have posted the leaked APK, which you can grab from the link down below. As we said previously, it’s only for Android 2.3.3 or higher. N4BB also states that the app lacks BBM channels and BBID are not whitelisted. Which seems a bit odd, but whatever, I guess. Additionally there are some minor UI tweaks.
So if you’re interested in running BBM on a Gingerbread-powered Android phone, go ahead and download the APK down below. Make sure you’ve enabled “Unknown Sources” and then install it like any other app. It’s just that easy to side-load this version of BBM. If you do take the plunge and decide to install this version of Blackberry Messenger, be sure to let us know in the comments below how it’s working out for you. So others know whether or not they want to take the chance and install it.
Download: BBM for Android (Gingerbread)