We're getting our first look at the popularity of the recently released BBM for Android. Fresh out of the gate, the Google Play listing has placed the app in the 1 million to 5 million category. Those are total installations, and not "current" installs, so you've got to keep those numbers in context. Still. More than 1 million installs — and potentially as many as 5 million (we've got an e-mail in seeking more specific numbers) in a day is nothing to sneeze at.
Additionally, BBM's garnered more than 87,000 star reviews on Google Play — with the vast majority a full five stars.
A pretty big caveat, though — remember that there's a waiting list. So you can install the app, but you might not be able to use it just yet.
It's also worth keeping in mind that BBM doesn't work on nearly 30 percent of existing Android phones. BBM runs on Android 4.x, which as of the beginning of October made up 69 percent of active devices, according to the Android platform versions chart.
But either way, it's pretty damned impressive for BlackBerry — and for what many of us consider a dying platform.
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