BBM for Android Leaked; Doesn’t work, but the icon looks nice

BBM for Android

BlackBerry’s President and CEO, Thorsten Heins, shocked a lot of people when he took the stage at BlackBerry Live 2013 and announced that BBM would be making its way to Android and iOS smartphones by the end of summer 2013. The promised release date for cross-platform BBM is quickly approaching and to offer more proof of its existence, a BBM for Android APK file was leaked this morning. That’s right- as of now, you can install BBM on to your Android smartphone or tablet.

Sadly, you won’t be able to actually use the app as intended. That is because you will need to sign in with a BlackBerry ID that has been approved and whitelisted for beta testing the application. If you don’t have that, your Android device won’t be able to connect to BlackBerry’s push service and the setup will not complete. Resulting in a “BlackBerry ID is not responding” error.

BBM for Android Welcome to BBM  BBM for Android Sign in to BBM  BBM for Android unable to complete setup

For the most part, there really isn’t a purpose in installing the leaked BBM for Android APK file. It is completely legit and won’t damage your Android device in any way, but it isn’t useful for much. Except perhaps reminding yourself that BlackBerry’s only real exclusive feature that was worth having will soon be available to everyone. Making the idea of owning a BlackBerry smartphone even less attractive than it once was. It is also kind of odd seeing a native BBM icon on my Android smartphones and tablets while BlackBerry’s own tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, doesn’t have one.