New Delhi: The leaked Android app that BlackBerry says is responsible for the BBM for Android and BBM for iPhone launch woes was also responsible for adding "more than 1.1 million active users in the first 8 hours without even launching the official Android app," says a post on the official BlackBerry blog attempting to explain the reasons behind the botched launch.
While BlackBerry acknowledges that the figures are "incredible," the unreleased version of the BBM for Android app that was leaked online and installed by over a million users resulted in issues for BlackBerry that led to the indefinite postponement for the BBM for Android launch and also stopped the BBM for iPhone rollout.
But the joy for the newly added users is short-lived as BlackBerry said that the "unreleased Android app will be disabled." Also many of the million plus users who installed the unreleased BBM Android app are not necessarily new BBM users. BlackBerry has witness a mass exodus of its users to other more popular platforms such as Android and iOS and it is very likely quite a few of the users who installed the leaked app were BBM users in the past.
In its latest update on the stalled BBM apps for Android and iPhone, BlackBerry said its "teams are working non-stop" and "will provide you an update on timing as soon as we can."
While the BBM for iPhone rollout began on schedule on Sunday from New Zealand and was also available to Indian users, the Android app's availability kept on getting delayed. BBM for Android was scheduled to arrive on the Google Play Store at 4:30 PM IST (7 AM EDT) on Saturday. It was only 12 hours later that BlackBerry officially announced that it had paused the rollout for both the Android and iPhone versions until further notice.
The BBM launch debacle is the latest in the long list of BlackBerry missteps.
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