[UPDATE] BlackBerry BBM for Android is here and here's how to install it

UPDATE: Blackberry has stopped the roll-out of the BBM app “because it caused issues”. Blackberry also said that there were 1.1 Million installs for the APK.

Blackberry Messenger (a.k.a. BBM) was set to release on Android and iOS today. Seems like the app is live on Apple App Store but still not there on the Play Store. Blackberry employs have confirmed this and the cause is said to be the delay in app verification from Google’s side. Anyways, the APK for BMM for Android is there with us and you can use it right now.

Everyone was eagerly waiting for BBM for Android and iOS, finally it is here with us. While BBM’s market share is declining and the company lost $1 Billion, the App is expected to make company’s future. BBM is considered as a strong competitor to all IM apps on the web. Some people are already saying that it is better than WhatsApp, which is currently the biggest player in the IM market.

Blackberry has been working on this app from past few months, and successfully made a huge hype for it.

The UI of the App is very similar (nearly same) to the one we saw on the Z10 and Z30. Blackberry, denying on the Google’s design recommendation, made the App almost identical to the BB 10 one. The UI doesn’t feel very good and soothing but is very consistent experience.

[button color=”red” size=”big” link=”https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5ef80mYG2n7UlFfYlAyOXhvelk/edit?usp=sharing” target=”blank” ]Download BBM APK[/button]

How to install BBM?

Firsly, you should have a device with Android v4 or above.

  1. Download the APK from the link above.

  2. Open the APK file on your device, choose “Package Install” if it asks for.

    • If your device shows the prompt to install it, just tap “Install”.

    • If you device shows a warning about unknown sources, just go to settings and enable “Unknown Sources”, and continue as normal.

       

  3. After it completes, click “Open” on the final Install screen

  4. Voila! Follow on-screen instructions to use BBM!

Now you can use BBM like any other app you do. Have fun! Make sure to tell us about your experience with BBM!

Thanks to Karan for the screenshots. Discuss on Reddit: http://redd.it/1mulez

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