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BlackBerry Messenger is Sort-of Here for iOS, Android Release Delayed

This weekend was supposed to see the release of BlackBerry Messenger on both Android and iOS with Android launching first on Friday with iOS to follow the next day. Sadly however, that didn’t happen. Some iPhone users managed to grab the app on time whereas Android users were left scratching their heads wondering where the app could be.

The reason? Well according to BlackBerry the earlier leak of the Android APK is to blame. Most of yesterday Android users were left in the dark as to why one of the most anticipated messenger apps was nowhere to be seen. BlackBerry finally released a statement pointing the finger at the leak.

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.

Since the statement BlackBerry have also postponed the roll-out onto iOS saying that users who managed to download it in time will still be able to use the app but no new users will be able to gain access until they’ve ironed out the creases.

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.

So it looks like we’re back to playing the waiting game.