BBM for iOS and Android was supposed to officially launch over the weekend, but BlackBerry has ended up delay the release of both apps. According to the company, a leaked version of BBM for Android brought the company’s servers to a grinding halt.
BlackBerry says in a blog post that the beta version of BBM for Android managed to amass “over 1.1 million active users” in the first few hours, clogging up the series of tubes and dramatically slowing down the service. As a result, the company is going to try and disable the leaked version of the app in order to get the official launch back on track.
This could all be a ploy to boost the popularity of BBM given BlackBerry’s recent financial troubles, but it really doesn’t matter at this point. There are so many better messaging alternatives – WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, Facebook Messenger, and Line, to name but a few. Still, if you’re aching for some BBM action of iOS and Android, then you’ll just have to keep waiting. BlackBerry says the app will launch “as soon as they are able.”
Spotted at Android Police