BlackBerry pauses global rollout of BBM for Android; here's the official statement
posted by Alan F. / Sep 21, 2013, 9:16 PM
But we digress. The latest word from BlackBerry is that the BBM rollout is on hold. The application never made it to the Google Play Store even as a multitude of fake BBM apps has taken over the Android based app store. Those with iOS were able to install the app in certain locales, although there are some issues with that version of the BBM app. Still, BlackBerry says that iOS users who installed the app can still use it. The unreleased Android app will be disabled. It is this unofficial version of the app that has kept the official app from being released all day.
Hopefully it all happens on Sunday and both iOS and Android users get what they were waiting for all day Saturday. BlackBerry's official statement follows.
This story is part of:BBM for Android and iOS (12 updates)
21 October BlackBerry releases BBM how-to videos for iOS and AndroidOk, you've gone ahead and downloaded BBM on your phone; now what? Thanks to a series of videos released today by BlackBerry, you will see step-by-step instructions on how to set-up and create a group, know when a message you've sent has been read, setting up a multi-person chat, how to set up a contacts list using PINs, how to share pictures, and more...
21 October BBM for Android and BBM for iOS now available from the App Store and Google Play StoreFor those who don't feel like going to BBM.com and registering your email address before getting the OK from BlackBerry to run BBM, the long awaited messaging app is now available from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store; those who only know of BlackBerry from reading about the company's problems, or from doing a quick once-over of a BlackBerry model at a phone store, will be surprised at how much thought the Canadian based OEM put in BBM in the first place...
21 October BBM for Android and BBM for iOS to be released todayAbout a month after the first attempt failed, BlackBerry is planning on trying once again to get BBM for iOS and BBM for Android available for users of those two platforms, on Monday, BlackBerry crowed about the 1.1 million Android users that installed an unreleased version of the app back in September. It was that unofficial version, along with a number of bogus BBM apps put up in the Google Play Store, that made BlackBerry's task too difficult to complete at the time... Meanwhile, more than 1 million Apple iPhone users have sideloaded BBM on their phone.
15 October BlackBerry CMO says BBM for Android and BBM for iOS is just days awayHere is some great news for Android and iOS owners who have been waiting for a few weeks for another shot at installing BlackBerry Messenger. BlackBerry CMO Frank Boulben said on Monday that he expects BBM for iOS and BBM for Android to both be available "within days"; the social messaging application, which previously had been made available to BlackBerry users only, allows for group chats with as many as 30 people at one time...
3 October BBM beta testing starts again with new version of the appStop us if you've heard this before. BBM for Android is undergoing a beta test; actually, after the failed attempt to push out its fabled messaging service to Android users two weekends ago, the Canadian manufacturer is starting again with some changes. Those testing the app talk of a new 'Welcome screen' that explains app notifications and the constant notifications in the status bar can be disabled...
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These folks can't even manage a roll-out of their own software. Is there any wonder they are in the mess they are in?
posted on Sep 21, 2013, 9:24 PM 19
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Yap they messed up again, their most popular feature of their smartphone, leads them to disgrace. They should 100% ready before or even announcing they will release BBM for other platforms. They should also expect that many will try to use BBM especially to those who don't own a BlackBerry phones before, including me. 1.1 million users for 8 hours is really incredible but I doubt it might be old BlackBerry phone users who downloaded it. I installed also android version but it keep on asking for wifi connection which I don't have so I just uninstalled it. I hope next time, they are 100% ready and capable of handling millions of users in both platforms. Lets hope for the best for BlackBerry in this time of crisis they are facing right now.
posted on Sep 22, 2013, 12:04 AM 0
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Because of the delays, people are going to treat BBM just like they treated BB10 devices...they are not going to care. I already don't.
posted on Sep 21, 2013, 9:45 PM 3
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Really now? I bet once the BBM roll out you'll be searching for the BBM app. :)
posted on Sep 22, 2013, 12:23 AM 2
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No I won't. I have unlimited text. Why would I spam my friends and family to get on BBM? There's hundreds of ways to communicate these days. Delays only hurt BBM. Technology moves fast enough as it is.
posted on Sep 22, 2013, 12:01 PM 0
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What a damn shame. Blackberry had a winner on their hands, but bad pricing, mediocre hardware, and delays on top of delays have doomed them. As for the Z30? Nein. A 5" Z10 isn't what they needed, they needed a BB10 HTC One/S4 hybrid. Flashy, premium build and a killer screen combined with the removable battery, microSD (The Z10 had both), and great internals, a la the S4, running BB10.2. They might have had a chance, at that point. Instead, they wasted time on low-end devices like the Q5 and the "old school" Q10, only to follow it with a stretched out Z10. Idiots.
posted on Sep 21, 2013, 10:01 PM 5
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In my country when the Z10 was released I was wondring what the hell were they thingking when they priced the phone that way. It was damn expensive given what the competition has to offer at a lower price. It was priced as much as a iPhone5 32gig version. Android flagships at that time are all priced more competitively. No wonder theyre failing. . .
posted on Sep 22, 2013, 1:16 AM 0
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They just shot themselves in the foot its bad enough it got delayed till almost no end as far as im concerned they working on the basis of any advertising is good advertising, cos people who wouldnt care about BB is speaking about it, its also an highly convenient time for their C series phone to leak like that so it isnt about some app thats causing problems and need to be disabled its more getting people to talk about BB and BBM again and due to their reaction they got yesterday they are well aware that theres a market for the app
posted on Sep 22, 2013, 1:44 AM 0
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Everyone just call Blackberry 24 Hour Support Line at 1-877-552-5532 And bug the crap out of Blackberry and let them know how pissed off everyone is for Blackberry letting Millions of Customers down. 1-877-552-5532 24 Hour Blackberry Support Line
posted on Sep 23, 2013, 7:30 AM 0
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