Canadian handset manufacturer BlackBerry has previously announced that their popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) app will be launching to all Android and iOS devices by the end of the northern hemisphere’s summer, and while that time is steadily approaching, no app has been forthcoming.
But invitations sent out to members of the technology press in Malaysia, India and France for a launch event hints that the app might make its appearance on Wednesday 18 September.
According to Phandroid, the application’s application package file (APK) has already been leaked ahead of the announcement.
“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,” the site wrote.
But while users will be able to download the application, it simply will not work – just yet.
“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.”
BBM for Android has been heavily promoted by Samsung as a feature on the Company’s Galaxy devices, but the the cross-platform messaging app will be making its way to all Android devices, including certain units on Apple’s iOS operating system.
“It’s time to bring BBM to a greater audience. No matter what mobile device they carry,” BlackBerry CEO Thorstein Heins said during the annual BlackBerry conference in May.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor