BBM for Android was scheduled for release yesterday. Of course, those who had been waiting for the app to arrive in the Play Store saw the day come and go without that happening. Instead what we received from the folks at BlackBerry was news about why the release plans had to be put on hold.
The simple version here, BlackBerry blamed the lack of BBM for Android release on the leaked app. They said that more than 1.1 million users installed and began using that leaked app in the first 8 hours. And as a result, the unreleased version of BBM for Android “caused issues.”
At this point there isn’t any new timeline as to when BBM will arrive in the Play Store. BlackBerry has said they are going to “continue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android” but also went on to say that will happen “only when it’s ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM.” Bottom line here, the global release of BBM for Android has been put on hold.
Furthermore, the leaked version of BBM for Android is going to be disabled. Looking forward, BlackBerry has said that as soon as they are able, they will release BBM for Android on a staggered country roll-out. They have also referred those waiting to either pay attention to the @BBM Twitter account or the www.BBM.com website to know when the official app drops.
Needless to say, we here at Android Community will be paying attention and will let you know when the app is available in the Play Store. And in the meantime, avoid those fakes that are currently available.