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BBM for Android, iOS on pause mode

More than 1.1 mn active users in the first 8 hours, Blackberry says, 'wait for the official version'

Katya B Naidu  |  Mumbai 

The much awaited launch of Messenger for and users was halted by the Canadian company after 'overwhelming' response. It has disabled the use of the app, while those who have already downloaded it, can continue to use it. “Prior to launching for Android, an unreleased version of the for 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 app -- is incredible.

Consequently, this unreleased version caused issues, which we attempted to address throughout the day,” said, in a statement today. Allowing the new application for users of other platforms, would democratise the app which was until now, exclusive only for the users of the handset. has more than 60 million monthly active customers. customers collectively send and receive more than 10 billion messages each day. claims that it is working around the clock to fix these issues. “As soon as we are able, we will begin a staggered country roll-out of for and continue the roll-out of for iPhone. These issues have not impacted service for BlackBerry,” the company said. This new app will pitch it against other mobile data-based messaging services like WhatsApp, Viber and Line. “Customers who downloaded it (app) should visit the website to register for updates on official for availability,” the company said. Last week, was made available to be downloaded for free for users of smartphones on two versions-Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. Similarly, was also available for iPhones running 6 and 7 versions.

First Published: Mon, September 23 2013. 12:22 IST