BlackBerry Says BBM for iPhone, Android Not Coming This Week


BlackBerry has announced an update on its BBM for iPhone launch to say it needs to block an earlier leaked Android version of the app first before both apps can officially debut, as the rogue app is causing server issues due to its immense traffic:

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.

On Saturday BlackBerry paused its BBM for iOS and Android rollout after a leak of the latter wreaked havoc on the company’s servers, which it addressed in the update above. The company previously promised a Summer release for BBM on iOS and Android, but that appears to no longer be possible as we’re already into Fall (in the Northern Hemisphere).

This morning BlackBerry announced it had agreed to a $4.7 billion takeover deal by Fairfax, and could complete once the latter finishes its due diligence. The company is expected to announce the net operating loss of $995 million for its second quarter due to a massive writedown on dismal BB10 hardware sales, plus axe 4,500 jobs as part of cost cutting measures.

So, BBM for iPhone users–you’re going to have to keep waiting once again.


  • Drea

    It’s beyond laughable how poorly equipped Blackberry is that they can’t even roll out an app.

  • K4

    Honestly, no one gives a shit about BBM on any platform anymore

  • Lukas

    Who cares?

  • ‘Tis true. The string of bad news continues. **grabs popcorn**

  • FragilityG4

    This is further proof that those at BlackBerry don’t really care about their brand … Can they launch anything properly? Aside from the company sale ….

  • FragilityG4

    I actually want the app to talk to the last two remaining people I know with BlackBerry’s!

  • Get those people to move to iOS already πŸ˜‰

  • Marwan

    Exactly πŸ™‚

  • Acer12345

    1.1 million downloads in 8hrs says otherwise.

  • Bahahahaha!

  • Canucks

    When BBM is released for real, the people who said don’t care will be downloading it as well. πŸ™‚

  • whatever

    Blackberry has become nothing but a HUGE embarrassment for Canada. They need to be buried, and the management (especially that f’in nazi heins) needs to be imprisoned so they can be gang raped for all their stupidity.

  • Biggy604

    This is just a cover up letting people know indirectly that BBM for iOS and Android is cancelled indefinately. I’m willing to bet the BBM software will be sold to Samsung so they can have their own “iMessage” type service.

  • Drewsalum

    Nailed it!