For those of us who are anxiously awaiting the release of BBM for Android (which was supposed to be released several hours ago) be warned that there are a bunch of fake Android BBM clients on the Google Play store at the moment!
For the REAL BBM you need to be keeping an eye out for the BlackBerry Limited official version. The best place to find it is on the BlackBerry Limited app listing page here.
Once its available we’ll update this post with a direct link to the BBM App for Android.
UPDATE: BlackBerry has issued a statement indicating that issues related to the leaked version of BBM have caused unforeseen problems and put the official release of BBM for Android and iOS on hold.
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.
UPDATE #2: Well, its going to be a couple of weeks at least most likely. Here’s why…
So, it appears that whoever leaked the previous version of BBM put out a buggy week old version of the app that is a serious resource hog. Multiply that by a million users, and you can crash a system. Now the BBM engineers are needing to rework the system in order to disable those million or so users who cheated and prevent it from happening again in the future.
Here’s a message from the Head of BBM explaining the situation:
Hi Android and iPhone users,
This is Andrew Bocking, head of BBM at BlackBerry. As a follow up to our first blog post on Saturday, I want to take a moment to provide you with an update on the rollout of BBM on Android and iPhone.
Last week, an unreleased, older version of the BBM for Android app was posted on numerous file sharing sites. We were aware of an issue with this unreleased version of the BBM for Android app. 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. 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.
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.
The team is now focused on adjusting the system to completely block this unreleased version of the Android app when we go live with the official BBM for Android app. We are also making sure that the system is reinforced to handle this kind of scenario in the future. While this may sound like a simple task – it’s not. This will take some time and I do not anticipate launching this week.
Thank you for your patience while we take the time needed to deliver the experience you expect from BBM. We will continue to provide you with updates here on InsideBlackBerry.com and through @BBM on Twitter. We will notify everyone who has pre-registered on BBM.com when BBM is available on Android and iPhone.
UPDATE #3: It’s back!
Andrew Bocking, head of BBM at BlackBerry, has announced that the company is relaunching BBM for iOS and Android. We have all the details including when and where you can get your hands on it, right here!
We’ll continue to update this page as things develop, because believe me… I want BBM just as much as you guys! 😉 -John P.