It’s been a big few days for BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB). Unfortunately it still has failed to deliver on last week’s promise via blog post that BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android would arrive over the weekend. Here it is Monday afternoon, and the Android version still isn’t available to anyone, and the iOS version appears to be up and running in just a few countries.
Fake BBM apps still causing problems for Android users
Unfortunately Android is still having problems with fake BBM apps popping up in search results. Last week there were several of them showing up, although it looks like most of those have been removed. Today there’s yet another version of BBM on the Google Play store which also appears to be a fake, although the description claims that it is “The OFFICIAL BlackBerry BBM Messenger.”
It has a publish date of today, but I would think the developer of the app wouldn’t have a Gmail address on the link to contact them. Also there are a few comments from those who have downloaded it suggesting that the app is fake and does nothing but put advertisements on the user’s phone.
Problems with the BBM app?
The last official update we heard from BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB)’s blog regarding the unveiling of BBM was on Saturday when the company referenced “an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app” being posted online. They said more than 1.1 million users were active on the app within the first eight hours, and they hadn’t even launched the official Android app.
They also said that the app “caused issues,” which they are working to address, and pushed users over to the official Blackberry Twitter page. BBM rolled out its app for iOS users in some parts of the world, including the United Arab Emirates and India. BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) last said iPhone users who already downloaded the app would be able to keep using it, although the unreleased Android app would be disabled.
The last update on BlackBerry’s Twitter feed was on Sunday and stated that they would provide an update on timing for BBM for Android “as soon as we can.”