BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone, Android Delayed
As MMi reported
last week, the Canadian smartphone maker was expected to launch the BBM messaging service on iOS and Android over the weekend.
But that didn't happen.
Initially, BBM was set to reach Android first on Saturday, September 21st. The following day was supposed to be the iPhone's turn to gain access to BBM. But BlackBerry was compelled to delay the announced launch.
The cross-platform Messenger chat applications will be delayed by at least a week, we're told.
What's behind the launch issue, you ask? Shortly before the official BBM for Android launch, a leaked version was distributed and it effectively upended the company's formal release schedule.
"This older version resulted in volumes of data traffic orders of magnitude higher than normal for each active user and impacted the system in abnormal ways," BlackBerry Messenger Executive Vice President Andrew Bocking stated publicly as the delay was confirmed.
"The version we were planning to release on Saturday addressed these issues, however we could not block users of the unreleased version if we went ahead with the launch," he added. "We attempted to address the problems caused by the unreleased version throughout the day on Saturday, but as active users of the unreleased app neared a million--and accelerated--it became clear that the only way to address the issue was to pause the rollout for both Android and iPhone."