BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) does not anticipate making BBM for Android and iOS available for download this week, according to a statement from the company. The messaging service, which might form part of the center of the new BlackBerry, is in launch hell at the moment and there is no telling when it will be made available.
In the meantime, the company says that customers who already have the application on iOS devices will still be able to use it. The Android BBM app will not be operable, however. The BBM app is no longer available for download on iOS or Android. There are still fake applications on the Google Play store, however.
BBM for Android and iOS download delay
According to a statement from BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), which was written by Andrew Brocking, Executive Vice President, Software Product Management on Inside BlackBerry, the company is working on "adjusting the system to completely block this unreleased version of the Android app."
That process is going to take effort and time at BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), a company with low staffing levels and low morale following the decision to lay off about 40 percent of its workforce. Because of that, Brocking does "not anticipate launching this week." The problems for the BBM for Android and iOS download appear to be mounting for BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY).
BBM issues continue
BBM for iOS is still out there for users that managed to get the application quickly. Initial reviews for the software have been good. The application apparently compares favorably with the Z10 version of BBM. BBM for iOS is not the problem, however. It is the version of the application for Android that caused issues.
The most likely cause for the current problems with BBM for Android and iOS is the early leaked versions of the application that were made available for download days before release. Because of the locked down nature of the iOS ecosystem, it was easier to get this application on Android devices.
The black market version of BBM for Android caused a spike in activity on BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) servers. That led to a crash in the system and the resultant roll-out hell. BBM for Android and iOS is going to be made safe from the earlier version of the software before it is made available for download again. That doesn't look likely this week.