Blackberry announced that BBM for Android would be available on Google Play Store at 7AM EDT. In case you don’t know, the application never arrived at Google Play Store. However, the iOS version was available for download for several countries. Now, Blackberry announced that it is pausing the global roll out for Android and iPhone, mainly because of the leaked apk that went online yesterday.
Over 1.1 million people downloaded the leaked apk file in the first eight hours, which is quite impressive. Interestingly, that was not the final version of the file and contained bugs. While the company was pretty happy about the response, it caused some significant issues with BBM servers that caused the delay in the release.
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. We are pausing the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Customers who have already downloaded BBM for iPhone will be able to continue to use BBM. 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.
To rectify the issue, the leaked version of the Android application will be disabled, and iPhone users who already downloaded the application can continue to use it. For the global roll out for both operating systems, the company didn’t give any exact date and it will launch the application “when it’s ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM.”