It’s no secret that BlackBerry is going through some tough times and the launch of its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) on Android and iOS platforms was seen as an important moment for the Canadian company. But what has transpired in the last 18 hours can be described as messy at best as BlackBerry missed the launch date for the Android variant as the APK got leaked online and then removed the iOS version from the App Store.
As we reported earlier, BBM for Android was to launch on the Google Play Store at 7AM EDT (4:30PM IST), followed by a launch on the iOS platform on Sunday. But nearly 18 hours since then, there’s still no sign of the app on the Play Store. In fact, at the time of writing there are more than 10 fake BBM apps on the Play Store, including a leaked APK, which BlackBerry says has been downloaded by nearly 1.1 million Android users.
To douse the growing anger among Android users, BlackBerry finally released a statement on its blog. “Prior to launching BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online,” BlackBerry’s Luke Reimer wrote in the blog. “Consequently, this unreleased version caused issues, which we have attempted to address throughout the day.”
Adding more salt to the wound, BlackBerry released the iOS variant and many IPhone users, including yours truly, were able to download the app from the App Store last night. But it has been taken down from the App Store as BlackBerry deals with backend issues. In the meantime though, those who managed to download the iPhone app last night will still be able to continue using it.