BlackBerry Postpones Rollout of BBM for iOS and Android

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Posted 3 years ago

BlackBerry Postpones Rollout of BBM for iOS and AndroidThings just continue to go from bad to worse for BlackBerry. Having announced that it will cut 40% of jobs in the face of a near $1 billion second-quarter loss, the Canadian company has now been forced to postpone the release of its BBM app for iOS and Android, which was due for release on Sunday.

There had been huge anticipation ahead of BlackBerry’s first ever third party rollout of its popular BlackBerry Messenger app; however, the big launch never materialized due to “glitches”. According to the company blog, the problem is related to an unreleased version of BBM for Android that was posted online. There is a small bit of good news though, in that the leak attracted a fair bit of attention, with over 1.1 million active users within just 8 hours despite BBM never actually making it to the Google Play Store. BlackBerry has blamed the leaked build on certain issues that it “attempted to address throughout the day”.

Although the problem with BBM is an Android one, iOS users have also been affected. Having landed on the Apple App Store as planned in some Eastern Hemisphere countries, the rollout was swiftly paused and even pulled completely in some countries. Those that did manage to get hold of the iOS app can still use it; however, those that downloaded the leaked version are out of luck, as BlackBerry announced that it would be disabled.

There is no word yet on a new date for the release of BBM on Android, but BlackBerry has said that a staggered rollout would continue on iOS. Android will be released as soon as possible, BlackBerry said, but that could mean anything from a couple of days to a couple of months.

– Anthony Carter

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