Owners of the Tecno Android range seem particularly keen
Here at GoMo Towers, we have been in deep conversation with one of our African readers who is dead keen to install BlackBerry’s BBM messaging client on his Tecno D3 Android handset. Only problem? The D3 seems to be stuck on Android 2.2 (Froyo) whereas the recently released BBM app for Android requires 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Not 4.2 (KitKat) as our reader presumed. In an ideal world, you’d simply upgrade the handset’s Android OS version. Not with Techno, it seems. So the answer is to ‘root’ the handset. Whilst we were researching this topic, we also spotted how to put Whatsapp on Android handset which appear unsupported. But not on the Nokia N73, of course.
Although Tecno Android handsets appear to be very popular in Africa (Nigeria & Ghana) as well as some parts of the Middle East, several sources claim that the company has never offered an OS upgrade.
Not even for the D3 which appears to be its most popular handset. We checked the company’s web site here and could see no mention of OS upgrades.
So the obvious solution is to ‘root’ your Android handset. (rooting is the Android version of jailbreaking on an iPhone).
If you root your handset you are on your own. Not only can you very easily lose all of your personal data but if things go wrong you can ‘brick’ the phone so that it doesn’t work at all.
So, for the very brave amongst you visit the How to Root the Tecno D3 blog spot here. Once the handset is rooted you should be able to install an updated version of the Android OS.
We suggest you ask Kingsley of Kings_E Consults (of Nigeria) here how he appears to have got BBM going on his D3.
Once you’ve got Android 4.0 (ICS) or above, you can then visit the Google Play site and download the official version of BlackBerry’s BBM from here.
There also a list of which Tecno handsets can run BBM without an upgarde here.
Whilst we were surfing we also came across ‘[How To] Install Whatsapp In Unsupported Android Phones And Tablets’ on the Techyan web site here.
It claims to be a fix for those whose handsets are reported by Play as being unable to support WhatsApp. [Note: the Nokia N73 is a Symbian phone - this only works with Android handsets.]