This is definitely one of the most searched queries in search engines since the official release of the BBM for Android last week. The Blackberry messenger is only available for Android phone running on Android OS version 4.0 and above with not more than 7inches screen size.
Blackberry has clearly stated that only Android devices that met the minimum requirements for the BBM for Android app can be able to install and run the app which means that all Android phones running on 2.3.x Gingerbread OS cannot be able to install the BBM for Android app.
Following some popular forums on this discussion, I can tell you that the entire buzz about porting the BBM for Android app to Gingerbread hasn’t really yielded any result. Some guy on XDA Developers forum claimed he has been able to successfully port the BBM for Android app to Android 2.3 Gingerbread ARMv7, but most replies was that the app encounters a forced close error.
A lot of BBM for Android apps have been uploaded to the internet that claims to work on Android 2.3.x Gingerbread, be careful to download such apps as some of them could be mobile viruses. There is no official BBM for Android Gingerbread now, not from Blackberry and not from any Blackberry developer yet.
The only way you can install the BBM on Gingerbread device it to upgrade it to jellybean. You can do that by downloading and installing a suitable custom ROM on your Android device. There are lots of CynagenMod Custom ROMs out there that you can use to upgrade your Android device from 2.3.x Gingerbread to 4.0 Jellybean. Visit the XDA Developers forum or search Google for guide on how to upgrade your Android phone from 2.3.x Gingerbread to 4.0 Jellybean.
You can also ask me to help you find a guide if you can’t find one yourself, simply tell me the model of your phone and I could help you get the guide on how to upgrade your Android phone from 2.3.x Gingerbread to 4.0.x Jellybean so you can easily install and run the BBM for Android app on your device.
I hope RIM realizes the huge and hungry market they are leaving behind when they decided not to make the app available for Android Gingerbread users, there are almost one quarter of Smartphones running on Gingerbread worldwide if not more.
I hope they can come up with an official update that will make the BBM app available for Gingerbread users. Be sure I will post I here on Netmediablog once the BBM app have been successfully ported to Android Gingerbread phones.
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