BBM for Android & iPhone – It's finally here!

BBM for Android and iPhone is now live in Google Play and Apple’s App Store

BBM for Android and iPhone nets over 10 million downloads on day one of release

BlackBerry has revealed than in the first 24 hours since it launched BBM for Andorid and iPhone it has been downloaded more than 10 million times, in what the company describes as "one of the best single-day openings for a mobile app to date ."

BBM achieved number one app status in the UK, US, Canada, Indonesia and "most of the Middle East," according to a BlackBerry statement. It also gained "overwhelmingly positive" user ratings on both Apple's App Store and Google Play with 60,000 five star reviews on Google Play.

Andrew Bocking, BlackBerry's executive vice president of BBM, said, "This has been an incredible launch for BBM across Android and iPhone devices. The mobile messaging market is full of opportunity for BBM. We intend to be the leading private social network for everyone who needs the immediate communication and collaboration of instant messaging combined with the privacy, control and reliability delivered through BBM."

He added: "While we’re excited to bring BBM to iPhone and Android – we aren’t stopping there. Work isn’t slowing down at all. We committed to delivering a BBM experience on iPhone and Android that was equal to that on BlackBerry 10. That means bringing BBM Video, BBM Voice and BBM Channels to Android and iPhone customers too.

"My team is still committed to bringing those features to BBM on Android and iPhone in the near future. And we’re not stopping there – we have some great new features planned that will build on BBM as the private social network you count on for immediate conversations you can control and trust."
Reviews of BBM for Android called into question 

A slew of five star ratings for BBM for Android has resulted in allegations that something fishy is going on inside Google’s Play store, and the allegation is as follows: BlackBerry is writing up fake reviews of its newly released IM application, BBM.

BlackBerry launched BBM for Android and iOS on Monday. Since then a stream of “fake” reviews has appeared inside Google’s Play store (see below).

At the time of writing there are currently 182,000 reviews of BBM for Android. It’s not uncommon for companies to hire marketing firms to write up decent reviews of newly released applications, although BlackBerry says this is not the case it all –– it has nothing to do with the reviews.

A BlackBerry spokesperson gave TNW the following statement:

"We have been made aware of a number of potentially fake reviews of BBM for Android on Google Play, with ratings anywhere from one to five stars. We have no knowledge of how these reviews were created or populated. We do not approve of or condone such activities. There are also many genuinely great and useful reviews from our new BBM users on Google Play. We would like to encourage our fans and users to continue to provide true assessments of the BBM experience through the proper channels."
BlackBerry officially launched BBM for iPhone and Android

After much ado, BlackBerry has finally confirmed the release details of BBM for Android and iPhone. The IM application is now available for download inside Google Play And Apple’s App Store.

BBM for Android and iPhone was downloaded by five million users within the first eight hours of its release, BBM has confirmed. 
BBM now inside Google Play & App Store

BlackBerry confirmed the rollout would begin yesterday evening. Here’s the company’s official statement:

“I am thrilled to tell you that we are about to officially resume our rollout of BBM for Android and iPhone customers around the globe!* In the next few hours, people will start seeing BBM in Google Play, the App Store and in select Samsung App Stores – where it will be free to download,” wrote Andrew Bocking on the official BlackBerry Blog. 

Around six million people signed up for email updates on, according to Bocking. And to ensure this rollout goes more smoothly than the last one, BlackBerry has implemented the following roll out schedule:
Download BBM – the easiest way is to visit from your Android or iPhone browser
Once you install the app, open it, and enter your email address to hold your spot in line
We will email you as soon as you reach the front of the line and can start using BBM

Users that signed up for email alerts from can download and start using the application straight away. But if you didn’t sign up for alerts –– and this is the kicker –– you’ll have to wait for BlackBerry to activate your account. 

“If you didn’t sign up in advance, don’t worry – we are focused on moving millions of customers through the line as fast as possible,” added Bocking.

Once you’re email has reached the front of the queue you’ll receive an email from BlackBerry and you can then –– and only then –– begin using BBM.
Beat the queues and get BBM straight away

In a bid to ensure that the rollout of BBM isn’t royally mucked again, BlackBerry has taken the rather unique approach of implementing a queuing system for access to its now-cross-platform IM app.

How it works is simple: you download the app, register or sign-in, and then wait for BlackBerry to verify your BBM account and grant you access to the service. That’s all well and good but it doesn’t take into account one thing –– most people are very impatient.

So, if you don’t want to have to go through all that, and you just want to start using BBM as soon as you’ve downloaded the app, check out this handy little trick, via CNET, to get instant access to BBM as soon as it’s downloaded: 

“Open the BBM app, enter your e-mail address and click Next. Then, force-close the app: on an Apple device double-click the home button and swipe the app away; or on Android, enter the multitasking menu and swipe the app away, or go to Settings, Apps, BBM, and Force Close.

“Relaunch the app and it should allow you to create an account and start using the app. Bear in mind however that BlackBerry could close this sneaky loophole at any time.”

How do I download or save a YouTube video to my computer?

YouTube has been designed to only allow users to watch and view videos on their website. Many users want to save their favorite videos to their computer so they can watch them without being connected to the Internet or so they can watch them on other devices. Below are the steps required for downloading and watching YouTube videos on your computer for free.

Saving YouTube video as a video file on your computer

Today, there are several online websites that allow you to enter the URL of the video you wish to save to your computer, and get a link to download the file. Below is the simple three step process that will link you to a page that does the job.

  1. Go to the YouTube video page and copy the URL of the video you wish to save. For example, below is a URL to a video on YouTube, the whole address would be copied.
  2. Once this address has been copied, paste that URL into the below URL text field and click the Download Video button.

  3. If done properly, a new window will open with available video formats that can be saved. For most users we suggest the MP4 format, other formats may include FLV, 3GP, and WebM.

Hope you liked the simple way to download the videos from YouTube.  :-)

How to Root any Android Phone without PC

Rooting your android phone is a time consuming tasks and requires having a PC with other accessories. For those people who want to root android phone without a PC now can root their device without using computer.

Not everyone roots their android phones, but there are several advantages of rooting your phone. It removes several restrictions and gives you full access to the device. You can increase the performance of your android phone by tweaking few things on it, ability to install custom ROM with latest firmware update and many more awesome things.

But the thing to remember before rooting any android phone is that it voids warranty of your device. And if something goes wrong while rooting your phone you better forget you have any warranty card.

Can you Unroot your Android Phone?

Thankfully! Yes you can unroot any android phone easily with few clicks. I have covered this topic in this post: How to unroot any Android Phone

Coming back to the method rooting android phone without PC is instructed and developed by a developer called alephzain from XDA forums. By using Framaroot app you will be able to root any android phone without the need of a PC.

How does this App Works?

Once you download and install Framaroot application on your android phone it can install the Superuser and Su binary on your phone and also uses six safe exploits to complete the rooting process namely Gandalf, Boromir, Sam,,Frodo , Aragorn and Gimli.

Note: Using Framaroot You can only root phone running on Android 2.0 to Android 4,2 Jelly Bean.
Root Android Phone without a PC

1. Download Framaroot App on your PC or You can directly download it on your Android phone

Note: Download the Frameroot APKs from the XDA site. 

2. If you have downloaded the apk file on your computer then copy it to your android phone memory and if you have downloaded on your phone then be it there itself and proceed with step 3.

3. Now click on the downloaded or copied apk file to install it

4. Next inside the app choose “Install Superuser “ option

5. Now select any of the exploits that appear in the app and wait till the process completes

6. If the rooting is successful then you’ll see a message like this “Success. Superuser and su binary installed”. You have to reboot your device”

7. If the rooting process fails with a message like “Failed. Try another exploit if available” then try any other exploit from the app.

That’s it! You have successfully rooted your android phone without using a PC. If you want you can also unroot your device using the same app.

Compatibility for Qualcomm devices (Gandalf exploit only) :

Asus Padfone 1/2
Asus Padfone Infinity
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL
BW T18+ (Fortis Evo)
Cloudfone Thrill 430x
Disgo 8400g
DNS S4504/S4503/S4502
Gigabyte GSmart G1315 Skate
Gigabyte GSmart Rio R1
Google Nexus 4
Highscreen Spark/OMEGA Q/Blast/Strike/Boost
Huawei Honor Pro (U8950-1)
Huawei U8815/U8816 Ascend G300/G301
Huawei U8825D Ascend G330D
Karbonn Titanium S5
Kyocera Torque
Lenovo S870E
LG Nitro HD
LG L7 II P710/P714/P715
LG Optimus F5 (P875)
LG Optimus G E970/E975
LG Optimus L3 II E425
LG Optimus L5 E610/612/615
LG Optimus L7 II P710/P713/ P714/P715
LG Optimus L7 P700/Р705
LG Optimus LTE 2
Micromax A111 Canvas Doodle
Oppo Find 5
Orange Nivo
Pantech Discover
Pantech IM-A840S Vega S5
Samsung Galaxy Win I8552
Sharp Aquos Phone SH930W
Sony Xperia E C1505/Dual C1605
Sony Xperia L C210X
teXet TM-3204R
teXet TM-4677
Xiaomi Mi-2S
ZTE V880G/ZTE V955

Compatibility for MTK devices (Boromir exploit only) :

Alcatel OT 4030D S’POP
Alcatel OT 8008D Scribe HD
Alcatel OT 997D
Alcatel OT Idol 6030X/6030D/6030H
Amoi N828
ASUS Memo Pad HD 7
Chinese Star S7589
Explay HD Quad
Explay infinity II
Explay Polo
Explay Surfer 7.32 3G
Explay Surfer 8.31 3G
Fly IQ440 Energie
Fly IQ441 Radiance
Fly IQ442 Miracle
Fly IQ443 Trend
Fly IQ446 Magic
Fly IQ450 Quattro Horizon 2
Fly IQ451
GoClever Fone 570Q
Haipai I9389
Highscreen Alpha GTX
HKC Q79 3G
Huawei U8836D G500 Pro
IconBIT NetTAB Space 3G Duo
iOcean X7
Jiayu G2
Jiayu G3S
Jiayu G4
Lava iris 405
Lenovo IdeaPhone P700i
Lenovo IdeaPhone S720
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000-H
Lenovo P770
Lenovo S820, S920, A390
Micromax Canvas HD
Motorola RAZR D3
Newman N1
Oppo findway U7015
Philips W536
Philips W736
Prestigio MultiPhone 4055
Prestigio MultiPhone PAP 4505DUO
Sharp AQUOS SH837W
Star S5 Butterfly
TeXet NaviPad TM-7055HD
Texet TM-5277
THL W100 (130711)
THL W200
ZOPO C2 Platinum
ZOPO ZP900 Leader
ZTE V987 Grand X Quad

Compatibility for Samsung devices (Legolas and Aragorn exploits only) :

Samsung Galaxy Core GT-I8262
Samsung Galaxy Proclaim S720C
Samsung Galaxy Young GT-S6312/GT-S6310
Samsung Lightray SCH-R940

Compatibility for Exynos devices (Sam, Frodo, Legolas and Aragorn exploits only) :

AT&T Galaxy Note 2 SGH-I317
Highscreen Explosion
Hyundai T7s
Impression 9702 (Exynos 4412)
Lenovo K860/К860i
Newman N2
Meizu MX2
Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC100
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000, GT-N8010, GT-N8013, GT-N8020
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE GT-N7105
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000
Samsung Galaxy S GT-i9000
Samsung Galaxy S2 AT&T SGH-I777
Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch – SPH-D710
Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100
Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300
Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305
Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus GT-P6200/GT-P6210
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 GT-P6800/GT-P6810
Samsung SGH-i997 Infuse 4G
T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 T-889
Verizon Galaxy Note 2 SCH-I605
iBerry Auxus CoreX2 3G and CoreX4 3G

Compatibility for Omap36XX devices (Gimli exploit only) :

Archos Gen8
Cliq 2 MB611
Coolpad Quattro 4G
Droid 2 (a955)
Droid 2 Global (a956)
Droid X (MB810)
LG Marquee LS855
LG P970 Optimus Black
Motorola DEFY+ (MB525 / MB526)
Motorola Droid PRO
Motorola Droid X
Motorola XPRT
Parrot ASTEROID Smart
R2D2 (a957)

If you have any queries/feedback, please write it in comments section below OR mail me here : Snehal[at]Techproceed[dot]com

Happy Androiding :-)