BBM for Android scores at least 1 million downloads; BBM for iOS is number two at iTunes

BBM for Android scores at least 1 million downloads; BBM for iOS is number two at iTunes
On Monday, the long awaited BBM for iOS and BBM for Android apps launched from iTunes, Google Play Store, Samsung's app store and BBM.com. Downloading the app merely allowed you to use your email address to grab a place 'in line' and await your turn to register and activate the application. BlackBerry did not want a rush to activate overwhelming its servers. Those who had pre-registered with BlackBerry were allowed to use the application immediately.

So how much in demand was BBM? According to Google, the best that it could say was that a range between 1 million people and 5 million people had downloaded the app in the first 24 hours. Of the nearly 93,000 who left a comment on the Google Play Store, 69% gave BBM for Android a 5 star rating. The app works on those Android models powered by Android 4.0 or higher.

As for the iOS version of the app, it soared to the number 2 position among free apps available on iTunes. Trailing Bitstrips, an app that allows you to create comic book versions of you and your friends, BBM could still make it to the top once word spreads that the app is available.


source: BBM (iOS|Android) via Ubergizmo
 
UPDATE: The latest figures now show over 10 million downloads of BBM for iOS and BBM for Android combined in the first 24 hours! That is one of the best first-day numbers ever.

source: Crackberry

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21 Comments

1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Try it it just like I remembered although my contact were empty until I added my wife and that's it. It works fine but I don't think it reall has a leg up on either whatsapp or chaton.

16. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Are the review people trolling? Almost 50% have given this exact same review "thanks blackberry thank you so much blackberry team,,I was waiting this app,,its really great user friendly and smooth."

2. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I've never really been able to get into third-party messaging apps. I prefer integrated services like how iMessage is incorporated.

3. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

I see no point in them unless you don't have unlimited texting.

5. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Much faster SMS, especially MMS. Works wonders it really is amazing IMO.

13. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Yep, I'm actually very surprised google has not implemented something as easy as iMessage. My guess is there are just too many versions of android still in use. Probably makes it really hard

18. Valdomero

Posts: 635; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

That's what they're trying to do with hangouts

4. deathgod

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

I'd like to see how many people have actually been able to activate it. After almost a day I'm still waiting on my email confirmation....

10. ThePro

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I got it working, about an hour after it came out. Works nice, but no video attachment option :(

11. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Restart your phone.. Open the app and try again..

6. Cyberchum

Posts: 1011; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Same here and I submitted my email about 20 hours ago.

7. shadowdawg

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

shouldn't take longer then 24 hours but maby a bit longer, make sure u check ure spam folder. I did 4 emails, and got mine 4-28 hours long

8. julz17ronald

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

I have it working yesterday. The app is good however, I just have three contacts and nobody cares to try it. Blackberry should try marketing the messenger again hopefully, it will gain attraction. I still prefer facebook messenger due to chat heads which is very useful especially if you're doing something on your phone.

9. elchuby

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

the app is full of fake reviews in the Play Store, violating its terms.

14. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

How do you know they are fake?

12. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

Arkham Origins is free on iPhone?!! Me wants...!

15. Crossblade

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 21, 2005

I downloaded it to see that I have to wait in line, while it keeps saying "Connecting" in the notification bar, leading to an infinite loading screen when pressed - I uninstalled and forgot about it.

17. Khaleel77

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

Hey guys can someone tell me if we could change the BBM Pin on an Android..

19. Dastrix unregistered

What's the big deal about BBM? Whatsapp is so much better anyway...

20. ericomc33

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

unfortunately bbm for iOS is not available in the Ghanaian app store, bad news for me.....

21. tajudiens

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

@Khalel77 : yes it could change. Just change ur id first. On blackberryid.blackberry.com then sign in with other id. Nice day.

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