Plenty of fake BBM for Android apps are now on Google Play. A search for “BBM” on Google Play currently yields the following results: BBM for Android by Mobile Freakz, BBM Messenger for Android by Blackberry BBM Messenger, Messenger for Android by Messenger for Android, BBM Messenger Free by Blackberry BBM Messenger, BBM Messenger Pro by Blackberry BBM Messenger, and BES 10 Client.
Along with the fake apps, there are several one posing as guides or reviews for the messaging app. These include BBM for Android Guide by Zazan App, BBM for Android Review by Galuh App, and BBM for Android Book Secrets by Walet Groups.
Some of these apps feature various mashups of the Blackberry and Android logos. Some even have the words BBM or Blackberry as part of the developer names to look legitimate. One, as Android Central points out, has a string of names of popular apps in its description, including Minion Rush, Plants vs. Zombies, and Grand Theft Auto Vice City—a practice known as keyword stuffing, which is against Google’s policies. Meanwhile, others employ downright deception as they state that their app is the official messenger app from Blackberry.
BBM for Android was expected to arrive at the Google Play store at 7 am EDT, but the time has come and gone without the official app arriving. It appears that Blackberry is still addressing the issues that caused the delay of the app’s release. These fake BBM for Android apps, however, are not helping, and rather confusing many consumers who are eagerly waiting for the official app’s release.
This is not the first time that fake apps proliferated in the Play Store. Many fake apps masquerading as the popular ones like Temple Run or Fruit Ninja have been previously spotted. Some of these add apps to the home screen, while others have strings of malicious code.
In related news, various reports of a leaked APK have appeared on various websites. However, these have been removed, possibly as per Blackberry’s request.
We will let you know when BBM for Android is already available for downloading from the Play Store. In the meantime, you can help report these fake apps to Google by flagging them as inappropriate, and indicating “fake app” as the reason. Are you excited about BBM for Android?