BBM on Android, iOS postponed over pre-release leaks

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Smartphone maker BlackBerry has had to hold up the global roll out of its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) instant chat software on the iOS 7 and Android operating systems after an unofficial version of the app was leaked online this weekend.

An unauthorised version of the Android app was posted online and downloaded by curious Android users 1.1 million times in just 8 hours.

According to Blackberry BBM head Andrew Bocking, the delay was due to the attempts of the team to adjust the system in response to a leaked version of the app that got into the hands of users. That app contained bugs that have been addressed in the final version and could not exist side-by-side, forcing the team to put the rollout on hold until the issue has been properly addressed.

This leak caused the Canadian company a number of issues that it had to spend most of Saturday trying to resolve.

Due the leak, the rollout of the iOS 7 version of the software, which has so far only been released in New Zealand, has had to be paused.

Blackberry has no official word or any estimate on when the app will finally be released. Meanwhile, the company has been acquired by a fellow Canadian company, Fairfax Financial, for around $4.7 billion, which might delay that date even further.

BBM has more than 60 million monthly active customers on BlackBerry alone, and majority use BBM an average of 90 minutes per day. BBM customers collectively send and receive more than 10 billion messages each day, nearly twice as many messages per user per day as compared to other mobile messaging apps, it added.

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