BBM for Android and iPhone is scheduled to release on September 21 and September 22 but ahead of official release date, BBM for iPhone (iOS devices) is released. In addition to this lots of fake apps pop-up on Google Play Store which resulted in a failure release for BBM. Later on, BBM for iOS devices is also pulled from App Store and BlackBerry delays the global roll-out of BBM for Android & iPhone & asks for your patience.
Now, there is an update from head of BBM at BlackBerry which states the reason why there was so much delay in releasing BBM app for Android & iOS
According to Andrew Bocking head of BBM at BlackBerry,
Last week, an unreleased, older version of the BBM for Android app was posted on numerous file sharing sites. We were aware of an issue with this unreleased version of the BBM for Android app. This older version resulted in volumes of data traffic orders of magnitude higher than normal for each active user and impacted the system in abnormal ways. The version we were planning to release on Saturday addressed these issues, however we could not block users of the unreleased version if we went ahead with the launch.
We attempted to address the problems caused by the unreleased version throughout the day on Saturday, but as active users of the unreleased app neared a million – and accelerated – it became clear that the only way to address the issue was to pause the rollout for both Android and iPhone.
The team is now focused on adjusting the system to completely block this unreleased version of the Android app when we go live with the official BBM for Android app. We are also making sure that the system is reinforced to handle this kind of scenario in the future. While this may sound like a simple task – it’s not. This will take some time and I do not anticipate launching this week.
Thank you for your patience while we take the time needed to deliver the experience you expect from BBM. We will continue to provide you with updates here on InsideBlackBerry.com and through @BBM on Twitter. We will notify everyone who has pre-registered on BBM.com when BBM is available on Android and iPhone.