Fake BBM apps

Since everyone's asking, yes. There are a bunch of "BBM" apps in Google Play at the moment. Like, a whole pisspot full of them.

None of them is real.

We get that folks are excited about BBM for Android. We are, too But we also need to be a little patient as BlackBerry works out the launch-day kinks and gets the official version rolled out. 

That means staying away from these fake apps in Google Play. (Be sure to report them if you have a minute. And, damn it, Google, it can't be that hard to squelch fakers, right?)

How can you spot a fake app? We'd start with the logo. There are some obvious bad ones there. Then look at the publisher name. (Right below the app name in these images.) BlackBerry Inc. sure looks official — but it's not.

Also take a minute to read through the app description. For example:

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Angry Birds Seasons Angry Birds Rio
Fruit Ninja Free Adobe Reader Facebook Messenger Google Translate Google+ Google Play Books

What the hell is that, you ask? That would be keyword stuffing. It's frowned upon — and specifically outlawed in the Google Play Developer Program Policies. "Do not use irrelevant, misleading, or excessive keywords in apps descriptions, titles, or metadata."

We'll have the real link up just as soon as it's available. Patience, folks.