BBM for iOS and BBM for Android will not be launching this week; no new release date mentioned

BBM for iOS and BBM for Android will not be launching this week; no new release date mentioned
With other things on their mind, like a $4.7 billion buyout of the company, BlackBerry did manage to address the embarrassment that was the failed launch of BBM for Android and BBM for iOS this past weekend. Part of the difficulty in launching the app in the Google Play Store was the number of bogus apps that popped up. Some had incorrectly used Blackberry as the company name (correct style is BlackBerry) and these apps delivered older versions of BBM to unsuspecting Android users.

The bogus apps "resulted in volumes of data traffic orders of magnitude higher than normal for each active user and impacted the system in abnormal ways." While 1.1 million legitimate downloads were made of BBM, BlackBerry decided to halt the rollout and pull the app from both platforms.

BBM's top dude at Waterloo, Andrew Bocking, said that getting the app distributed is not simple. He says that it "will take some time and I do not anticipate launching this week." You can check out the complete statement from BlackBerry below. As for disappointed iOS and Android users, you guys have gone years without BBM so a little patience is in order here.

source: BlackBerry

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1. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Poor excuse, they should've figured out how to block the test app while building it, it should have had some sort of "Kill Switch". Very poor showing by BlackBerry, the interest is going to fade quickly over this. I'm very disappointed.

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

BB/RIM is toast. Maybe the patent portfolio can be milked for something. But otherwise, it is buh-bye. BB/RIM are off to join the ranks of Palm, DEC and the other once-famous tech brands that couldn't respond to competitive challenges.

18. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Blackberry is always making up excuses! Happened to me with my Playbook. We were told BB10 was coming. Several months passed and then they told us our Playbooks are stuck on Playbook OS 2.1 (full of bugs, slow, very little apps). Not using any other BB service in the near future

20. KParks23

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

U mean to tell me it took them all the way till the launch day before they realized the apps not ready if anyone wonders this is the perfect example of why there in the toilet!

2. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Sorry Blackberry. I think that might have been your last shot. I hope I'm wrong, but you've let us down FAR to often.

5. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

nothing's new... delay is like blackberry's middle name...

11. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

IKR! That and "the BES server is down", lol!

3. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

If they can't handle a few pre-release users how will they handle it when they go official? Haven't they thought this through before announcing release date? Fail...

4. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011


6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

And the sinking ship sinks further into the ocean.

7. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

or this decision might have been taken after today's anoucement of BB going to be sold

8. tositem

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

They want to make it a paid app. Doesnt matter if they can deliver it on time!

9. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

oh Nevermind BBM, we have whatsapp

10. m_smart_guy

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

how long u guys think when the app will be coming any guesses

12. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

This is very silly alibi. Why don't you posting the official one ASAP. So, everyone kill the leaked version and install the official one. Why all the people install the unofficial? Because you break yiur promise for lauching time. Why you pull back iphone version while it does not the caused of this issue? I think your doing functional testing but not the performace test. Your infrastructure does not ready yet for that capacity. BBM on iphone still not stable.

13. Akfred

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

BlackBerry is history, they can't even handle a simple app Rollout. The question is, if u can't handle 1.1m users on a Shared platform are u sure u will be able to managr 100+m users That is yet to come? Go back and ask whatsapp how they Manage to do Thiers right. Whatsapp is still the best.

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

That's just fine, was doing OK without it prior. Rest well in your watery loo.

15. Akfred

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

I also blame Google for allowing all those junk apps that claims To be BBM in playstore. I assume Google does not verify All apps before accepting them into play store. Play store is Just like a dust bin that anybody trows in anything they like. Google should have control over such things, kudos to apps Store and windows phone store cos such does not happen .

16. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Agreed but in Google's defense they were VERY quick to remove all those apps, and now the Play Store is clear of any fake apps. New ones get removed quickly too.

19. m_smart_guy

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I think it should come out in mid of outober or end of outober if not then its in 2014 because now they will delay it more

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