Blackberry delayed the release of its popular mobile messaging app, BBM for Android and iOS. The app was originally set to be available in Google Play on September 21 and the App Store on September 22.
Blackberry released a statement Saturday (Sept. 21) addressing the delay of the global BBM rollout for Android and iOS. According to Blackberry, a leaked version of BBM for Android leaked online prior to the official release date. According to Blackberry, over 1.1. million users downloaded the unreleased app, which caused issues that were unable to be fixed at the time.
“The unreleased Android app will be disabled, and customers who downloaded it should visit www.BBM.com to register for updates on official BBM for Android availability,” Blackerry said on it’s official blog. Some iPhone users who already downloaded BBM for iOS can continue to use it and the rollout will continue at a later date.
Blackberry assures users that it will continue to work to get the BBM app out as soon as possible. “Our teams continue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when it’s ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM,” Blackberry said.
Over 60 million monthly active users are currently on Blackberry BBM, transferring over 10 billion messages per day. BBM gained popularity among Blackberry device users for its real-time messaging capabilities and privacy controls. It lets users know when messages are read by the recipient, offering instant communication that mimics a live conversation. BBM users can keep their phone number and personal email address private, since they are given a unique PIN number.
Once the rollout continues, BBM will be available as a free download for Android smartphone that run Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Android Jelly Bean. For iPhone users, the app will be available for phone running iOS 6 and iOS 7.