An Update on BBM for iPhone and Android, Likely Won't Relaunch This Week

An Update on BBM for iPhone and Android, Likely Won't Relaunch This Week

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Andrew Bocking, head of BBM at BlackBerry, offers an update on the delay in releasing BBM for iPhone and Android.

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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.
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An Update on BBM for iPhone and Android, Likely Won't Relaunch This WeekAn Update on BBM for iPhone and Android, Likely Won't Relaunch This Week
Blackberry RIP - September 25, 2013 at 3:06pm
First, RIP the blackberry smartphones.. Now RIP for their server.. Just sell your company to a better one
Marz - September 25, 2013 at 11:39am
BBM: Big Big Mess They can fulfill the commitment
Knight Dragneel - September 25, 2013 at 8:43am
I am already using BBM now And There Little Bugs Only
patrick - September 25, 2013 at 5:41am
my bbm app works fine on my iphone 4 :)
Lunks - September 25, 2013 at 4:34am
this is the sole reason why blackberry is now on bailout. Poor execution of their own commitment.
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