We started out today pretty excited, as BBM was making it’s way to Android and iOS this morning. While iOS got their version of BBM in certain countries today, Android’s version has not hit the Play Store yet. Although there were plenty of fake ones earlier. Those have since been deleted. There was also an unreleased version of BBM floating around that many of us had tried out, and it worked. However Blackberry is now disabling that version of the app. Here’s the update from their official blog:
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.
Our teams continue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when it’s ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM. We are pausing the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Customers who have already downloaded BBM for iPhone will be able to continue to use BBM. The unreleased Android app will be disabled, and customers who downloaded it should visit www.BBM.com to register for updates on official BBM for Android availability.
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 www.BBM.com to sign-up for updates about BBM for Android and iPhone. These issues have not impacted BBM service for BlackBerry.
We’ve been waiting for a full working release of BBM on Android and iOS for quite a while. It looks like we’ll be waiting a bit longer. We’ll be sure to let you know once the app is actually available on the Play Store. In the meantime, keep using Hangouts….I guess.