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  • 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."

    Source: BlackBerry
    This article was originally published in forum thread: BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone, Android Delayed started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Way to screw it up for everyone..
    1. SupaMonkey's Avatar
      SupaMonkey -
      If this was the real problem, it wouldnt take a week to fix the issue if you ask me. Simply release 1.0.1 and block all apps before that ?
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Hmm, i was thinking it had more to do with the news that they are being bought out. Maybe the purchaser doesn't want the app going out. Which is understandable as currently i don't see how a free app is going to net them any revenue.
    1. zrevai's Avatar
      zrevai -
      Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
      Hmm, i was thinking it had more to do with the news that they are being bought out. Maybe the purchaser doesn't want the app going out. Which is understandable as currently i don't see how a free app is going to net them any revenue.
      That was my first thought. Why would a privately held company essentially under new management who just spent $5 billion buying a dying company want any of their new Intellectual Property being given away for free???
      How do they expect to make any profits if their only real asset was about to be given away for nothing. Are they a $5 billion charity???
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      I don't even know why BBM is still 'a thing?' How many people actually use a Blackberry anymore? Also, since Blackberry was bought out, are they just doing this to maintain the current user base?

      I'm out of the loop on this Blackberry stuff so all of it just seems like a waste, to me.
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      Its nice to have a messenger service that is multi platform, I like imessage, but its useless for me as I can't use it with all my Android and Blackberry friends
    1. GenesisDH's Avatar
      GenesisDH -
      Quote Originally Posted by rickuk View Post
      Its nice to have a messenger service that is multi platform, I like imessage, but its useless for me as I can't use it with all my Android and Blackberry friends
      What about Whatsapp? I know all of the major smartphone platforms have it (even the increasingly obsolete Symbian OS).
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Okay I'll explain the story again. Blackberry realized last Friday it would not meet the launch date. Therefore they leaked out a beta version and also make it work for a while so we'd believe it was indeed a leaked version. It all worked fine with no issues and then 12 or more hours later they pulled the plug. In the meantime iOS versions were also released in some countries. So then Blackberry used the excuse that the leaked version caused issues with the launch. If the leaked android version caused issues then why would they pull the iOS version? Plus if they seen the leaked version I'm sure they could have blocked it right away and not allow users to get a little addicted to it. If they came out and said "we are sorry we can't make the date" then that would make them look worse than they already do. So instead they come out and say due to the leaked version we will have to delay it. Again WTF does that have to do with the iOS version? This is my conspiracy theory but I'm sure others will buy Blackberry's excuse which is fine because this is America and we all are allowed to say what we think. Don't flame me for saying what I think I used the leaked Android version and I also have an iPhone and even though I probably won't use it much with whatsapp being so popular I do want to try it out for a while and if it ends up being better then so be it I'll encourage friends to switch over.
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      I don't even know why BBM is still 'a thing?' How many people actually use a Blackberry anymore? Also, since Blackberry was bought out, are they just doing this to maintain the current user base?

      I'm out of the loop on this Blackberry stuff so all of it just seems like a waste, to me.
      A lot of people from google use it still apparently.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      A lot of people from google use it still apparently.
      I see...

      Well, I'll just stick to iMessage and/or SMS! God forbid, we just keep it simple! LOL!
    1. smonme's Avatar
      smonme -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      I see...

      Well, I'll just stick to iMessage and/or SMS! God forbid, we just keep it simple! LOL!
      People still own blackberrys? Isn't windows phone doing better than them now.... Pathetic that anyone would waste app space on their phone with this.... If your gonna choose BBM over a text, email, gchat, iMessage, whatsapp, and just about every other cross platform apps that can be used for texts... Your an idiot.... And soon we will send you to the moon

      -concerned citizen