BBM for iPhone and Android halted, for now

Things are not going well for BlackBerry this weekend. First it announced that it will be laying off around 4 500 members of staff then its much awaited messenger app (BBM) doesn’t quite launch for other operating systems as promised.

BlackBerry has pulled its BBM app from Apple’s appstore and it seems the Android version never made it Google’s Play store. According to a blog post from the handset manufacturer, an unreleased Android version of the app was leaked which caused a number of issues.

Prior to launching BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. The interest and enthusiasm we have seen already – more than 1.1 million active users in the first 8 hours without even launching the official Android app – is incredible. Consequently, this unreleased version caused issues, which we have attempted to address throughout the day.

The company did however release the iPhone version in several regions before deciding to the pull the app completely. Blackberry hasn’t been 100% clear as to what happened but says its teams are working on a solution and should released the popular messenger app as soon as possible. For now iPhone users who downloaded the app before it was pulled will still be able to use it, though the Android app as been disabled.

As soon as we are able, we will begin a staggered country roll-out of BBM for Android and continue the roll-out of BBM for iPhone. Please follow @BBM on Twitter for the latest updates and go to to sign-up for updates about BBM for Android and iPhone. These issues have not impacted BBM service for BlackBerry.

Blackberry hasn’t given a definite date when the app will be ready but says it is working round the clock to solve the problems the fake app caused.

Users don’t seem to be taking the news that well and have taken to Twitter express their frustrations for the mobile phone maker to see.Although it’s good that @BBM is coming out on iPhone , this delay reminds me of why I decided to switch from blackberry in the first place

— Ronan Mc Ivor (@RonanMcIvor) September 22, 2013It’s September 22nd, and I still don’t have @BBM. (And they still haven’t revoked the iPhone access). That’s all I’m gonna say.

— Vera Ezimora (@verastic) September 22, 2013Disappointed! @BBM: Pausing #BBM4All rollout to fix issues caused by unreleased BBM for Android

— John Swart (@SwartJS) September 22, 2013So I see trend of #BBM4ALL .@BlackBerry ‘s poor service is why I left bb long ago. Now with @BBM being released late, it shows I chose well

— Chris Klopper (@chrisklopper3) September 22, 2013

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