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BBM for iPhone and Android fiasco

September 22, 2013

From BlackBerry official blog post:

Prior to launching BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. The interest and enthusiasm we have seen already – more than 1.1 million active users in the first 8 hours without even launching the official Android app – is incredible. Consequently, this unreleased version caused issues, which we have attempted to address throughout the day.

Our teams continue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when it’s ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM. We are pausing the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Customers who have already downloaded BBM for iPhone will be able to continue to use BBM.

BlackBerry is being awfully cavelier on “living up to user’s expectations.

I’ve received news from friends who have downloaded BBM for iPhone, at the moment of this writing they are unable to send/receive messages, looks like the BBM for iPhone is also down for maintenance. This doesn’t spell well for a company which is trying to save itself from abomination.

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