From the BlackBerry blog:
Prior to launching BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. The interest and enthusiasm we have seen already – more than 1.1 million active users in the first 8 hours without even launching the official Android app – is incredible. Consequently, this unreleased version caused issues, which we have attempted to address throughout the day.
Our teams continue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when it’s ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM. We are pausing the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Customers who have already downloaded BBM for iPhone will be able to continue to use BBM. The unreleased Android app will be disabled, and customers who downloaded it should visit www.BBM.com to register for updates on official BBM for Android availability.
As soon as we are able, we will begin a staggered country roll-out of BBM for Android and continue the roll-out of BBM for iPhone. Please follow @BBM on Twitter for the latest updates and go to www.BBM.com to sign-up for updates about BBM for Android and iPhone. These issues have not impacted BBM service for BlackBerry.
BlackBerry was clearly behind schedule on the BBM4Android app. It didn’t see the light of day yesterday. It still hasn’t till now. If the release had been at least close to schedule, the leaked app would have been in much better shape and wouldn’t have caused as much issues as BlackBerry says hit their servers. Yes; I am going to be mean at BlackBerry. They had enough time to prepare for this. They messed it up. All other technical details are cop outs. The buck stops at their desk.
The BBM app on my Pliris Blaze+ isn’t sending out messages any more, so I am assuming that Blackberry has indeed blocked the leaked app.
BlackBerry does not need this sort of disappointment and bad press at this time. They should have been ready days ago – app, server, everything. Any app that leaked a few days to the launch would have been in ready shape and not cause any server issues. They should be riding the excitement, buzz and hype of the moment, not issuing apologies.
And Google too..
Oh! And then there is Google. How did at least 7 different fake versions of an app show up in the Play Store? You mean that I can get up right now and upload a fake BBM app there too, or publish a spoof GTBank or Zenith Bank app? Freaking rubbish. Absolute, arrant nonsense.
Shaking my big head.