The much awaited launch of BlackBerry
Messenger for Android
users was halted by the Canadian company after 'overwhelming' response. It has disabled the use of the Android
app, while those who have already downloaded it, can continue to use it.
“Prior to launching BBM
for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM
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 attempted to address throughout the day,” BlackBerry
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 BlackBerry
has more than 60 million monthly active customers. BBM
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 BBM
and continue the roll-out of BBM
for iPhone. These issues have not impacted BBM
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 (BBM
app) should visit the website to register for updates on official BBM
availability,” the company said.
Last week, BBM
was made available to be downloaded for free for users of Android
smartphones on two versions-Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. Similarly, BBM
was also available for iPhones running iOS
6 and iOS