BlackBerry Messenger for Android, iOS Still on Hold

Versions of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for Android and iOS mobile devices, which had been scheduled for release late last month, are still not available. The Canadian company has said the new releases are not ready because of complications caused by the unauthorized leaking of an Android version.

BlackBerry has said in a statement that its teams EUcontinue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when itEUs ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM.EU At its Web page for BBM, the company features an email signup to receive a notice when the software will be available for Android and iPhone.

In a September 23 posting on the official BlackBerry blog on Inside BlackBerry, BBM head Andrew Bocking said that the company was aware that an EUunreleased, older version of BBM for AndroidEU had been posted on numerous file sharing sites. He said that this unofficial version EUimpacted the system in abnormal waysEU because it generated volumes of data traffic much higher than normal. The official version, Bocking added, will address such issues.

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He indicated that BlackBerry attempted to address unspecified problems with the unauthorized version throughout Saturday, September 21, the day that the Android version was scheduled for release. But, Bocking said, EUas 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.EU

The BlackBerry development team, he reported, is now working to completely block this authorized version when the official Android version goes live, and to make sure it is reinforced to handle such situations in the future. He also said that, while it might sound like a simple task, EUitEUs not.EU

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