How great is BBM for IOS and Android? We admit, it’s a pretty solid chat application that calls us back to the days when nearly everyone was on BBM. But is it a 5-star app? That’s debatable, though it has been successful in both the Android and iOS stores. Why? Well at least in some part to some fishy 5-star reviews that have been popping up giving the application an overall four out of five stars.
One of Ars Technica’s readers noticed that there are dozens upon dozens of reviews with basically the same text in them. The reviews all say “Thank you so much black berry team. I was waiting this app. Its really great user friendly and smooth,” or some form of that text. We looked through the reviews ourselves and noticed that there are plenty of legitimate reviews from users with real insight, but that every few reviews contains the aforementioned text. Thankfully, it sounds like some crazed fan is behind the shenanigans, because BlackBerry didn’t place the reviews.
“We have recently been made aware of a number of potentially fake five-star reviews of BBM for Android on Google Play,” BlackBerry told TechnoBuffalo in a statement. “We do not approve of or condone such activities and are committed to working with Google to resolve this. There are also many genuinely great and useful reviews from our new BBM users on Google Play. We would like to encourage our passionate fans and users to continue to provide true assessments of the BBM experience through the proper channels.”
Hopefully Google sorts this out soon, we imagine it’s possible to remove all of the fake reviews pretty quickly.