Cross-platform BBM launch hits a snag

Last week, after months and months of waiting, BlackBerry finally confirmed the public launch of its BlackBerry Messenger apps for iOS and Android, set to arrive this past weekend. Well, if you’re poking around your app store this morning wondering just where these programs are, you’re not alone; on Saturday, BlackBerry announced an unexpected delay, leaving us wondering just when we’ll finally get a crack at these guys.

You might have heard about a leaked copy of the BBM Android app. It seems that users trying to access BBM through this copy early brought some unexpected issues to BlackBerry’s attention, though it doesn’t elaborate on just what the problem was.

The app was already available for iOS, but further downloads have been suspended – if you already got it, though, it should continue to work. With no official Android version yet released, BlackBerry is shutting down that access altogether, killing the leaked app as the company works out these bugs.

Since then, though, there’s been little word of progress. A status update on Twitter yesterday advises us that the company’s working “non-stop” on getting these apps going again, but for now there’s no ETA.

Update: BlackBerry has issued a new statement, and it sounds like we’ve got a bit of a wait on our hands; don’t look for the apps to reemerge anytime this week.

Source: BlackBerry, (Twitter)
Via: BerryReview

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