BBM for Android APK leaked with launch under a week away (but you still can’t use it)

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We’re getting extremely close to the “by the end of summer” date Blackberry promised us when mentioning the launch window for Blackberry Messenger. If a couple of previous leaks weren’t enough to convince you, then perhaps this useless APK that leaked today is. That’s right — you can download Blackberry Messenger for Android and install it right now.

And no, I didn’t call it useless as a way of saying no one living in 2013 will care to use it (as many of you echoed in an earlier poll of ours). The APK is actually quite useless as it won’t connect to Blackberry Services, the network used to push all these bits and bytes around in real time.

You’ll have to use it on a whitelisted device in order to get it to work, though we imagine there aren’t many of those running around far outside of Waterloo, Canada at this point.

We saw the application leaked on video a couple of weeks back, with one lucky user giving us a nice run through of everything we can expect. It’s full-on Blackberry, with the company’s design time ditching Holo for an experience that matches what you can find on their own devices.

You can download it anyway if you just want to check it out. Grab it here, poke it a few times,then let it rest as we await the real deal in the days to come.

[XDA via Reddit]

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  • Anthony McKay

    I think regular texts will do just fine in the mean time.. or all the time.

    • Michael Quinlan

      Yeah… I just don’t get the appeal of closed messaging platforms. To me, they’re almost always a solution in search of a problem. Sure, I use Hangouts to talk with my kids sometimes when they’re using a tablet, but only because it doesn’t have SMS capability.

    • HeatFan954

      I disagree. What if I don’t want to pay $10 for international texting to talk to family worldwide? I would use What’s App primarily, which is not a regular texting. It involves downloading and paying for a service.

  • Aaron Tsuru

    Too bad it didn’t leak, like 3-5 years ago…… ZING! ;)

    • charlie2010

      I guess thats one way to put a negative spin on a positive news story, you BB bashers have great imaginations.

      • Aaron Tsuru

        Relax. Just having a spot of fun. But seriously, too bad they didn’t open this up earlier and maybe work to monetize it before Whatsapp, Kik, etc took off. I understand why, BBM was one of the reasons to stay with BB, especially outside the states where they are still getting killed over text messaging fees. But……. in the end, it is a bit late.

        Personally, I’m still on the hunt for an all encompassing cross-platform messaging service that defaults to sms (much like iMessage, but open). Maybe hangouts will get there… probably not though.

        • Cincybearcatfan

          Facebook messenger already does this. I don’t use it, but it does this. Problem is you can only send pics through Facebook, it won’t send them as MMS.

          • Aaron Tsuru

            Yeah… I’ve tried FB Messenger, but the problem I found is, unlike text when reaches people everywhere all the time, many people “do facebook” differently. If I’m out and about meeting up with someone, I’m not going to facebook message them… they might not get it until they get home that night and hop on facebook, you know? I know facebook has made great mobile strides, but there’s a confidence factor that’s still missing in mobile messaging.

            I think that’s why classic SMS is still such a tough nut to crack!

      • RussianDroid

        Nobody is bashing anybody here. You personally don’t think they are late with this product?

        • charlie2010

          BES10 now manages iPhones and Android, their enterprise servers did not mange them 3-5 years ago.
          Its makes sense to open it up now because they can manage multiple OS’s rather than 3-5 years ago….ZING! :)

      • ShiroEd

        Chill out bro! Sheesh!

  • charlie2010

    WhatsApp 30 billion messages a day
    BBM 10 billion message a day
    Not bad seeing as BBM currently isn’t on android and iphone.
    Wanna guess whose going to be the king of messaging by the end of 2013?

    • Lou_Sasshole

      Well it certainly won’t be BBM.

      • charlie2010

        Care to elaborate?
        If they can reach 1/3 of WhatsApp with <4% of the market having access to their product is it much of a leap suggesting BBM grow exponentially when Android and iPhone users get access to it….Samsungs current promotion of BBM is very encouraging too.

        • Lou_Sasshole

          It’s not just gonna be WhatsApp who they will comepte with, you have to take into account Viber, FB Messenger (yes really) as well as other solid messenger apps.

          • charlie2010

            BBM engages users like no other messaging system, thats why they generate so much more traffic per user, if the comptetition were better they would have higher usage rates….viper,fb etc, none have more engaged users.

          • Lou_Sasshole

            Sorry pal, it’s too little too late. It just won’t happen.

    • blest

      Whatsapp will be.

      • charlie2010

        Time will tell…thanks for providing some numbers to back up your claim.

        • blest

          You provided numbers and said it to guess. I did just that. Don’t be sensitive about it.

  • dima

    Too little too late.. I wish there was an open messaging platform that would catch on in popularity.. I don’t think I’ll pay for WhatsApp after it expires.

  • chris420o

    I loved my bb…minus the buggy touch ui i loved it for its time…bbm was the one thing holding me back from moving on to the og droid when it came out but i made the switch and havent looked back…if bb offered me bbm on android for even a buck a month or something stupid i woulda paid it bc thats how much i loved bbm…but yeah that was back in 2009…lil to late is the truth and im not hating on bb at all

  • Ala’a Bassam Ghuzlan

    the file was removed any altirnative link

  • Mohammad

    Leaked link for Android BBM

    Only u can register,
    thats all what you can do until now!

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      I think regular texts will do just fine in the mean time.. or all the time.

  • John Paul King

    Previously exclusive to BlackBerry smartphones, BBM will be available as a free download in Google Play and the App Store. Customers will also be able to download BBM by visiting from their smartphone browser.