BlackBerry pauses global rollout of BBM for Android; here's the official statement

BlackBerry pauses global rollout of BBM for Android; here's the official statement
All day long we have been updating you with the latest information pertaining to BlackBerry's rollout of BBM for Android and iOS. And well, it really has not been a great week for the Canadian OEM. A write down of nearly $1 billion of BlackBerry Z10 handsets, layoffs of 40% of the payroll, and an exit from the consumer side of the business has had BlackBerry users and fans feel a bit uncertain as to the future of the brand. So what does BlackBerry do in the midst of this rejection of its new platform? It announces its first 5 inch 'Berry and a new C-Series BlackBerry line leaks.

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.

source: Crackberry

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1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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?

8. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

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.

12. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

You must be Cpt. Obvious disguised as Neo!

17. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Check if how long I've been here in Phone arena. I never disguise with someone else.

2. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 2013

lack of Customer satisfaction 'blackberry'.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Someone bust out the life vests and the life boats because BlackBerry is officially a sinking ship.

4. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

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.

9. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Really now? I bet once the BBM roll out you'll be searching for the BBM app. :)

21. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

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.

5. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

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.

10. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

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. . .

6. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

It's kinda sad to see BB fall so far from grace, even after Z10...

7. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Why are you delaying everything!? BB10, BB10 update for playbook before canceling it all together and now this.


Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

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

13. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013


14. road2heaven

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

RIP Blackberry and f**king BBM

15. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Just lack of apps

16. KashAli

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

Bullsh*t Mother Fisher BlackBerry Die... Go to Hell!!!

18. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Fair bit of public damage by screwing this up, mix in all the fake versions and you are losing peeps that won't trust anything BBM at all.

19. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Where do we need this, while we have whatsapp and skype?

20. eharris560

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I guess MS is the only kid on the playground willing to play with everybody on the playground.

22. Trismegistus

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 21, 2013

"...we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM." Looks like they're already living up to my expectations.

23. Expert888

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

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

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