Official app not there when promised
Right in the midst of Blackberry’s bad news that it is going to have to cut jobs, BlackBerry had declared that the long awaited BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for Android would be out by now [12PM September 21st 2013]. Which equated to 7AM EDT. Well, it’s not there yet. But beware. For reasons obviously best known to Google it has allowed what look like four fake apps to appear on its Play app store. One of them claimed to be from Google new apps and called itself BBM- BlackBerry messenger. It’s a fake. In our case it seemed to download a game called Minecraft in the background. Alarms bell began to ring when it asked permission to show ads. We didn’t recall BlackBerry mentioning anything out its new apps being ad supported.
Rather than risk being fooled again, we decided to visit the site which BlackBerry has set up especially to promote the two new BBM clients – www.bbm.com.
When we visited this site it was still promising to inform visitors by email as soon as the app was available.
Strangely, it didn’t bother to ask which version we were interested in which is strange given that the iPhone version isn’t supposed to be out until a day after the Android one.
Anyway, here at GoMo News we were very shocked that Google had allowed a fake app to be offered through its app store.
How on earth did it allow the developer to call itself ‘Google new apps’ in the first place. Who is Darren Gill? Is this carelessness a deliberate snub for BlackBerry by Google?
The ads which the fake app wanted to serve to out Cat B15 Android handset were going to originate from Airpush and we’d be surprised if they knew they were part of this scam.
Our advice to Google – take these apps down immediately and secondly, force Google new apps to change its name.