Head of BBM at BlackBerry: Delay to Take Time, Won’t Launch This Week

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The official launch of BBM for Android and iOS was delayed this past Saturday, after what BlackBerry calls a foul up due to an older version of BBM hitting the web, pretty much crashing the BBM system. The users of the leaked version, which hit 1 million+, sent too much data to servers, which then, “impacted the service in an abnormal way.” Today, the head of BBM at BlackBerry, Andrew Bocking, says a lot of work needs to be done to fix the problem, so launch won’t be happening anytime this week.  (more…)

BBM for Android and iOS Put on Hold as Leak Overwhelms Blackberry

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BBM for Android was supposed to launch yesterday and never did. As many waited patiently (though, I don’t know why) throughout the day without a release or update from Blackberry, a leak from the night before continued to circulate, giving many a first-hand look at the messaging service. By the late afternoon, Blackberry announced that they would not be launching because that leak had caused them problems. With over 1 million users installing the leaked app in such a short time, Blackberry could not keep up and has put it all on “pause.”  (more…)

BlackBerry Messenger Leaked for Android – You Can Log In, Just Can’t Use It

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Years later, the BBM for Android application has finally leaked, and we are so very close to seeing its official launch. Over the weekend, a special build of BlackBerry Messenger was posted to the web, but only whitelisted accounts can gain access past the login screen. You can set up an account and get yourself oriented with the app’s icon, but so far, there is no functionality for regular users.  (more…)

Video: BBM for Android Receives Hands-on Tour

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Well, there it is – BBM for Android. Thanks to a beta build shown off on video over the weekend, we now know what to expect from Blackberry’s formerly popular instant messaging client outside of a release date. It’s a Blackberry 10-esque version of Blackberry Messenger that works on Android. You’ve got group chats, emoticons, NFC contact sharing, an ongoing BBM icon notification (in case you forgot it was running), and even that snazzy little BBM notification sound.  (more…)

Samsung Partners With BlackBerry, Will Offer BBM on All Galaxy Devices in Africa

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Today, out of Android’s Twilight Zone, Samsung announced a partnership with BlackBerry to bring BlackBerry Messenger to all Galaxy devices through Google Play and its proprietary App store. What makes the move interesting is that Messenger’s launch has been highly anticipated by those who care, but the service is said to be launching just in Africa, with no word on it going anywhere else globally.  (more…)

Blackberry Messenger Coming to Android on June 27 (Updated)

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According to T-Mobile UK, Blackberry Messenger (BBM) will arrive on Android and iOS on June 27. Blackberry announced in mid-May that their popular messaging service would turn into a cross-platform messaging client, but would only offer up a release time frame of “this summer.” We know that the app will have groups and voice chat, screen share and all that jazz at some point, plus it should work on anything Android 4.0 and above.  (more…)