BBM removes wait list after hitting 10 million downloads on Android

BBM removes wait list after hitting 10 million downloads on Android
BlackBerry as a company and as a platform may be seeing its market share dropping, but the BlackBerry Messenger app has been very popular since it was released on Android and iOS this past week. The app has seen pretty substantial download rates even with its waiting list to actually use the app. But, that wait list has been removed and users are now free to get their BBM on.

BBM has been popular on both Android and iOS, which makes it hard to tell if more BlackBerry users have upgraded to Android over the years than they have to iOS. The iOS App Store shows BlackBerry Messenger as number 2 on the list of free iOS apps, while the Google Play Store is showing BBM at number 7 in the top 10 free apps, and it has passed the 10 million download mark to slide into Google Play's ambiguous 10 million to 50 million download category. 

It only took BBM one day to break the 1 million download mark on Google Play, and it is not slowing down just yet. Unfortunately, iOS doesn't give even general download numbers, so we don't know how big it is there, but given how high it is on the top charts, it must have quite a few downloads. And, the best news so far is that no one on Android or iOS needs to worry about the wait list anymore. If you download BBM, you should be able to sign up and get going right away. 

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1. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

I downloaded it. To check it out. With the rumored hangouts/sms integration though supposedly just around the corner and the fact that no one I know uses BBM I most likely won't be using it. I'm a big fan of hangouts.

2. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Are Hangouts a place where everyone has the NSA as their friend and family? LOLZ

3. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

tried it out too... way below other im capabilities... emoticon is limited, cant send vcard, ui is ugly and slightly complicated, reliability not sure either as i sent to an iphone bbm, it took quiet quite a while to 'deliver', at least on my htc one it saps battery

4. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

That's the closest i'll ever get towards owning a blackberry

5. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Too many unnecessary complaints. Let's appreciate the attempt to keep the name alive. That's my opinion.

8. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

It's because bbm was a big name. I hope they could stay alive for this messaging for the sake of choice. It is lighter than most chat application out there, as fast as whatsapp but more feature. At least it can send gif as alternative to sticker. One big complaint for me is it not support most low end phone that some of my friends use.

6. boomboom

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

after installing it on my s4 my batery is not getting charged so i had to force stop it and charge my batery.... does anyone having this problem?

7. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

No. No problems at all here on my HTC One. I have quite a few friends using BBM so its a keeper for me. Besides... The only other messaging app I use is Hangouts. In the beginning I thought BBM was killing my battery because I had an unusually high battery drain after downloading BBM and updating to 4.3. But I tried the wacky method of keeping my phone on WiFi only for one full day. The next day, no more battery drain. I highly doubt that's what fixed it but my battery is working fine now.

9. vineet

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 07, 2013

When BBM is coming to Windows phone

10. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Download tryout uninstall. Done.

11. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

I'm loving the BBM on my S4. BBM is still the no.1 IM in my country so it's great to have it on other platform than Blackberry. It's already the no.1 Free app in Indonesia on both AppStore and Playstore. It doesn't have the full feature as the Blackberry devices yet (BBM Voice, BBM Video, Screen Sharing, Contact category), but so far it runs really smooth and almost no problem. It's great that my contacts from my previous BB was transfered to my S4 by just signing with my BB ID. Excited on the future of BBM.

12. julz17ronald

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

I have tried BBM and so far it is working ok except it consumes a lot of battery.

13. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

I've been using the BBM for almost a week now. And I've checked the battery consumption on my S4 setting. BBM is not one of the top batt drainer apps. If poeple start using the phone more than they use to be (because of BBM-ing), than it's just normal usage IMO.

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