BBM for Android beta testing starts up again, new version available to beta testers

By Adam Zeis on 2 Oct 2013 10:31 pm EDT
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We're now getting reports that a new BBM for Android beta has been released to those selected as part of the beta test groups. Although the majority of folks will still have to wait to use it, this is a nice sign that things are still moving ahead on the matter.

According to some of the emails we've received, the latest beta has some changes in place from previous versions aside from the normal bug fixes. A new welcome screen explaining the app notifications is now present, the persistent notification running in the status bar can now optionally be disabled and finally, the UI as a whole has received some more polish.

As expected, no mention was made of a potential release date to beta testers but at the very least, we now know things are moving ahead and that's a nice sign of BlackBerry staying true to their previous comments about the cross-platform launch of BBM. We'll keep you all in the loop with the latest but be sure to also follow the BBM account on Twitter.

223 comments

jsille

Here we go again!!!!

Posted via CB10

bintheredundat

Yup. A few more months and we should be good to go.
Unless it gets tabled again with this new interest in potential BlackBerry purchase.

Posted via CB10 on my Z10 Oreo

IJKBB10

Lol yup we here we go again. BlackBerry and it's stupid delays is getting pretty annoying

Playbook007

Yup.....here we go again...I say if BBM is really what you want, buy a great BB10 phone, else go without!

BlackBerry will survive in the Corporate and Government Sectors! My Z10 is so much better than an iphone!

mathking606

Think BB wanted to delay the app on purpose to polish the user experience further especially for the android application.

sk8er_tor

Or Android beta testers never gave BlackBerry any valuable feedback and just used the app. They need to open up the beta to more people but I guess the demand is so high that it won't do any good.

Creativeink72

The news I got from my sources is that they wanted it perfect and with that leaked version they found a big hole!

MES28

I have BBM on my BB10 phone but I need this to finally be released for Android and iOS so that I can actually make use of it.

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djtaube

That's the serious truth for me too. I've not once used BBM in the past two years until the botched release of BBM. I was able to use the location workaround to get it on 1 friend's iPhone... he is the only one I've message in the last two years.

I remember the days when my family and friends pretty much all had BlackBerry phones around the Curve and Pearl days. Since then, they all have iPhones and Android phones. Even those in corporate positions haven't seen a BlackBerry in the past six months in their environments (Chicago - beer and medical industry).

B3t0

Sad but true... Touche for those telling that if you want BBM buy a BB10.... I do have a BBM icon on my S4 of the leaked APK... i can't message anyone but i have the icon... just like a lot of ppl out there with their BB10 devices... :D

FrankDLR1972

Ditto!

 BBM Channel: TheGroupRide C00055B7C

spacemanspork

I'm glad there's some reasonable people here.
The "BBM is so great" thing means nothing if you have not a single person on BBM. I've had this phone for a while and I've yet to try it out. RIM needs to get on it. Seriously, BBM is utterly useless for casual customers since none of their friends will have BBM.

k8bushlover

Will Android users in Canada get to enjoy Pin-to-pin spam from Indonesia too?

Zedi Master

How the heck do you get spam? Have you been writing your PIN on the walls in the bathroom? .... Again?

Anyway, no spam comes to my BlackBerry.

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jafrul

LOL.. Of there is spams, definitely own fault.
He definitely sounds eager to get more spams. ;p

tommo7788

I get spam, i have never given anyone my pin and I know no one else with bbm, work that out....

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CecilTsunami

Me too. I think they just do random pins till they get one right.

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Shobhit pathak

Salutes ZEDI...that "again?" is hilarious

klyx

It seems like you got a recycled PIN, it happens to me once and i have to change my device

thatplaybookguy

+1000000 hahahahah made me laugh

ARWestenberger

It may hey worse now. They could make a random pin generator and just send messages randomly until some stick, like those automatic dialing machines telemarketing companies use.

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Dmessenger

What he will do with bbm if all his friends are on other platforms?So this launch will make a lot more sense to BB users to interact with their increasing non bb using friends

falsetruth

Money is in consumer electronics. apple understood it long ago. Blackberry can't survive in corporate world. They have to get those popular apps quickly in the App Store and release more compelling hardware.

Plazmic Flame

They obviously haven't learned from their mistakes. The testing should be done by internal employees that risk losing their jobs if something leaks. Whats going to stop anyone from leaking the APK again?? I'm convinced they are determined to become a meme...

tlegend2012

Ahh. New screens? and new stuff? That proved the point that the app wasn't ready. Nothing to do with leak.

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Bla1ze

Or they listened to the feedback given from users who did manage to get it installed..

DeeJayDanny_C

This ^ If you have to fix the issue with the leaked why not kill two birds with one stone

tlegend2012

Prolly... but why no ios update to go with ios7?

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Bla1ze

How do you know they didn't update or that it's not coming? Maybe no one sent in any emails saying so.

Answer: You don't. You're assuming and making daft comments. But hey, whatever flogs your log.

birdman_38

Bla1ze is a little touchy today.

Carlos_E

He has been like that for some time already.

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texazzpete

If it's a mere bug-fix update for a release candidate, why go through beta-testing again? Wasn't the whole point of their 'leaked version was released' story that the leaked version was an older build and the official release was more optimized?

I find your comments much more daft than his own, to be honest.

ARWestenberger

KWM1337 is that you? Just kidding, of course ;)

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fatkiid

Because it's not one stone. Stones thrown equals more time.

anon5387384

Probably a combination of both. Since they were taking the hit already why not take the opportunity of fixing some nagging issues as well.

D gray

+1. Haha yeah on that merry go round

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Bla1ze

Great, now no one leak this one. LOL

BBThemes

Too soon? Lol

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Arabianhorse

Yes. No leaks. Only to the bathroom lol.

SQN 100-4 v10.2.0.1761

SK122387

Let's try this again..

birdman_38

Restart. Who gets to hit the start button? Lol

eldrover

# BBM 4 ALL

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birdman_38

#BBMforsome

I could never use #BBM4some lol

ARWestenberger

It's more like #BBM4ALLExceptOurDirectCompetition

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birdman_38

And at least a quarter of Android users.

jacdav

One thing that gets me about this is until they release for Windows it can't really be called #BBM4ALL

Posted via CB10 on my Z10

Daniel Montanaro

Round two...

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katiepea

Option to disable persistent notification will give it a real chance. Good to see.

Bla1ze

Yes! Totally. It always should have been an optional thing. (Though it is part of the Android UI guidelines now I believe.)

raino

What did it say, and why was it being a persistent notification a problem? I'm assuming by 'persistent,' everyone means it was a permanent fixture in the notification drop down (like weather apps, Llama, etc.) and not something worse.

SapphireEcstasy

Now give them android and iPhone users video chat and bbm voice! BBM 4 ALL!

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JasonGallagher

Another round of beta testing? Ughhhh let's hope this doesn't take long. Seems more and more their story was bs, or at least only a part of a much larger story that bbm was not ready for public release, but they didn't want to fudge the deadline.

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anon5387384

Yes the fact that they waited till the last day of summer gives credence to your argument but I think the leak issue was real.

iqnetcomdotca

Ummm no

Posted via CB10 from my Q10 (SQN100-3)

BBrickk

Ummm yes.

Posted via Z10 STL100-3 using CB10. Fido, Toronto.

wincyUt

Better late than late. Get it done BlackBerry!

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Snipperdo17

Anyone who thinks a leak of bbm was the reason why it couldn't be released in full form for iphone and android is naive. This is blackberry we are talking about. They messed something up but had to blame someone or something for it.

jelp2

So why don't they release the iOS version then and at least get that out there??

iqnetcomdotca

Could you imagine the massive whining from the android users if iphone got bbm before them? Ugh

Posted via CB10 from my Q10 (SQN100-3)

BBrickk

I don't think they care. I personally think they want to achieve a mass release and make sure they get the traffic Right from the start.

Posted via Z10 STL100-3 using CB10. Fido, Toronto.

iwasspartacus

Right from the start. Chuckle. Ok then.

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Genghis2k3

I doubt they could hear the whining over whining coming from the CB users.

Sukiman Tongkodu

BlackBerry should upgrade their server

W1zz

Why didn't they think to increase the number of beta testers? Or is it that things were all a bunch of lies, twists and turns... This needs to stop BlackBerry... Smh

Rickster1

Who cares why or what caused the first issue. If the ew version works no one will care. At this point no one should really care what the cause was.

Posted via CB10

lomsha

Pfff another beta lol.

Ferraro161

Yay back to beta again

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Prince Radebe

Download the apk here lol.

Posted via White Z10

michaelshawn

Prem getting a cheap cost was the issue. Who actually believes it was anything else???

Posted from My all in one beauty Z10

birdman_38

Or Google, if they plan on making a bid

iririr

How did they go from a final release back to beta again...that's very strange...was it not final before???

FernCommodari

+ 10000 odd definition of beta!

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Orange UK

I swear the reason BB is falling to bits is top table is on crack, junkies promise everything and rarely deliver...and when they do you lost interest & belief months ago, roll on new management/owners

Kings

So a few months to go for those who want this app
What a joke BlackBerry has become

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R Field

I hope the beta test is short and there is no more issues so they can get this out to the public. I hope they updated the BBM for iPhone to the ios7 keyboard. Get it done BlackBerry so I don't have to hear more complaining about broken promises and delays.

CB10 - Z10 -10.2.0.1725

birdman_38

Next delays will be 10.2 and the Z30 lol

Oh, and a sale of the company well after their November 4 deadline.

tufcustomer

So, whose going to leak it this time? I wonder if it'll be Watsa in an attempt to acquire Blackberry for even cheaper by running down shares.LOL

JamesPtheNerd

This almost sounds plausible.

Gunner24

Wouldn't surprise me

Posted from my Q10 on the West Coast

iwasspartacus

Well the latest OS leak? Will that cause issues as well. Chuckle.

Some leaks cause havoc. Some are celebrated. Oh RIM... so idiotic.

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koool1

So embarrassing for BlackBerry.

Hope it's not Christmas before we see this!

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Mack Gans

How long for the new app to receive approval from Apple App store?

Aljean Thein

Beta seriously..

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BB10_fan1

How else would you suggest that things be tested before trying to send the update into the public? We know the majority of devices are BlackBerry s at their offices so not much chance to do the beta there.

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iqnetcomdotca

EXACTLY!!!

Jeez. The lack of sanity and simple common sense in these forums never fails to amaze me

Posted via CB10 from my Q10 (SQN100-3)

YTDW2000

I'll be happy when this chapter is behind us, what should have been an exciting event, turned into cannon fodder.

Sent from my BlackBerry Z10

diogoteixeira87

How long they took last time after the announce of available beta app to bring the official app?

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w0lfgang

Nice! A new leak coming soon....lol....j/k....couldn't resist

Notcho

#BBM cross platform coming before #Christmas

Sent from The Legendary Zed10

birdman_38

That's a given.

Or is it?

Spades1234

Lol, I can't watch!

X_X

10

itmccb

Nice to see the persistent notification can be disabled. That drove me crazy in the brief time I spent with the leak.

Turnda643

By reading the post here, I'd swear I was on an Android or iOS fan site.

(smh) damned if you do, damned if you don't!!

Subscribe to Tri County Catering and Party Idea Channel. Pin #C00123065

JamesPtheNerd

Hopefully, all beta testers who leak the beta will be shot, as identified by a token in the app (eg, doesn't even have to be installed in order to know which beta tester leaked the copy).

I mean, seriously. Doesn't anyone read the NDA?

sakin13

ios bbm started functioning again today on a more fashionable way at least.
groups work. invites work. HQ photo transfer doesnt work. then again my iOS app is the one that was officially released in the Australian App store which if i am not mistaken survived about 20 minutes

GO team Blackberry !! The millennium is still young ! we will make it before the new one !

JamesPtheNerd

Also, has anyone tried converting the Android BBM to .bar and side-loading?

beantownwindsorite

It needs voice and screen share for folks to leave their familiar, well established and more complete products. The average person doesn't care about added security. They priced their phones as though people still cared and they were a premium brand. I think they just keep repeating the same mistakes. This is no different. I hope I'm wrong.

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gandrigoes

Yaelah... still beta then?
so stop your nonsense promised lately (and dont dare to speak up to public): "BBM for All will be on Google Play at 21th Sept 2013 evening"

please fix and test all side before the release...
and then wrap it.

thank you.

accuberryedwin

Expect to see the official release when BBRY goes private

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birdman_38

Good point. This could be in beta for a very long time.

unbreakablej

Why release a demo/sample app when you can just release the app itself? BlackBerry stop showing already!

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inspectrheck

Personally I never got this whole BlackBerry is always late thing or bla bla about delays.. Frankly I still don't see a platform vendor that has developed useful and advanced applications as quickly as BlackBerry. People have gotten brainwashed by the media about what real app development timeline really is, especially if you're going cross-platform. Whether agile or waterfall approach, to ensure Quality in your product and services it takes time and it's better to delay deployment than release anything will kill adoption and usage.

Android or Apple users aren't dieing without BBM so they can wait until it's good and ready...

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birdman_38

Well there's just a minor thing to consider like, um, their credibility.

lomsha

Really, bb develops apps faster than any other dev? You got jokes.

Biff1972

Can't wait
.....oh wait that's all we do! wait for bbm, updates for PlayBook, private or not private. I'm getting to the point to say screw it and get anything but a BlackBerry. Waiting waiting.

Z10 Crackberry

FernCommodari

The new BlackBerry Bridge app let's you use BBM on the PlayBook.

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shredney

Then please do so, you will not be missed.

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Coffee Shampoo

I hope they push it out quickly, my friends are dying to get bbm and I'm dying to have a conversation through bbm for the first time since I bought my q10

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Master of Surgery

Hope the same coward idiot that kept leaking all the previous Android BBM beta will shut the hell up this time around. You know who you are Mr. Harold.

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crazycanuck329

You seriously still believe that crock?

We are all connected.

VR6

Test faster!!!

Fired from my Z10

Neil Agapito

Why not release the iOS version first since the leaked Android version was to blame for the problems?

Gabo Zometa

How can i be a beta tester??

tmbulldog

Delay are a normal thing. It comes with most great projects.
Construction project is delayed for 2 years and no one bats an eye.
A smart phone company delays for a few months and everyone loses their minds.

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Drmoe

Exactly. Well only cuz it's BlackBerry. Media sucks!

Posted via the best phone ever. The white Z10.

inspectrheck

+1000

Posted via Z10 | BB10.2~1743

birdman_38

A construction company who states their project will be completed on the last day of summer and fumbles that deadline would be under a great deal of criticism by the 10 million people who were looking forward to using it that day.

Plummerdc88

I wonder if they delayed the launch so that there share prices didn't spike (or drop any lower).

If they did spike, it may have turned off potential buyers

Anyways, what do I know. Let's just hope this gets pushed out soon so we can put this Damn thing to bed and talk about something else

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Drmoe

Woo hoo. Soon I'll be able to BBM my looser friends with their outdated phones. Long live bb!

Posted via the best phone ever. The white Z10.

birdman_38

Hopefully they're only loose when it comes to their wallets.

yohannyphm

Need the leak please

Posted from the best mobile device Z10 10.2.0.1443

BB_Bmore

This is good too see! I hope BlackBerry exceeds my expectations and releases in the next two weeks. Good to see I can remove the persistent notification although now that I can remove it, I probably will just leave it there :-D

xBURK

I can only the imagine the mood of the staff at BlackBerry. If this delay was either deliberate by head office or their just short staffed to handle all the possible issues, I feel for them.

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FernCommodari

A shame with all the lay offs, as the Sr.Management will get golden parachutes for a job not well done!

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barjatya

one should leak this beta as well just to see the bs what blackberry was giving was right or wrong.

Genghis2k3

Go to your room! Don't come down until you realize the ridiculousness of what you were trying to suggest.

lawliet4401728

Please, get things done this time even if leak happens again

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birdman_38

Could you imagine...

Cdn Thanksgiving Friday: "The official version will be available for download on the app stores tomorrow."

The following Tuesday: "Yeah, there was another leak. Back to the drawing board."

canuckvoip

Are you 12?
20+ comments and they're all childish negative drivel. SMH

BBNation

So this one will not take down BB NOC as it did before. Besides UI enhancements this one probably optimizes the network load caused by millions of new users.

adobe

they should leak this beta again,
to show , they have many downloader, so BBRY stock will go up

and we could just sit n wait for another delay

vaibhavj

OK. when it is available?

Killington

Of which year? Lol. Just messin'

BlackJack-21

I think BBM will be announced when the Z30 is released in North America.

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Thomas Barragan

Patiently waiting. Though, it is boring talking to myself.

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Abdul Aziz AlBastaki

I can't believe it.. bbm will be on ios and andorid...!!!

it's like a nightmare /::\

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Glen134

This is so crap we gota wait another 6months before this better testing is over then another failure in launching BlackBerry lets us down all the time just another hype for the sale of the company

BlackBerry Z10 CB10 UK

ubercam

I'm a developer but I don't write mobile apps.

Have any of the serial moaners considered that perhaps this leaked beta they were talking about had all kinds of additional debug code enabled which produced a relatively huge amount of traffic per user compared to normal? It was a beta. I know that means nothing to most people these days.

In small testing groups this wouldn't be an issue but with 1.1 million impatient people can't you see that maybe they're not bullshitting anyone and maybe their servers did actually fall over? Instead of all hands on deck getting it done, they have to pull everyone off the project to fight the fires and figure out how to prevent this leak from continuing to screw things up.

I'm not saying they couldn't have done things differently but I'm sure what happened was pretty close if not exactly what I've described above.

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canuckvoip

Thank you for having some sense, which is more than I can say for some here. Serial moaners indeed, that's putting it lightly.

quizm

Let's keep realistic and positive. BlackBerry is small. Its not Apple or Google or Samsung. But we like BlackBerry right. That means they do some things right. I continue to like my z10 more each day.

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SparkyBC

Don't worry "soon". Could be 4 months from now. Blackberry fails at any launch so till it's official I am with the who cares club.

909F2

Is the membership still open?

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canuckvoip

Can't wait to see how this pans out. Interesting times ahead.

Barry Rogers1

I think that shows the whole leaked app news was rubbish, IOS is buggy as hell also.
And the twitter updates, "We know you’re waiting. Pausing #BBM4All rollout to fix issues caused by unreleased BBM for Android app"

I think pausing is an understatement. Yes we all want BB to do well but for christ sake be honest with customers !

I think people complain just due to the lack of credible information, hope it's sorted soon anyhow:)

rohetaku

#BBMess

Sent from my BlackBerry

derizzle

All my mates have given up on bbm now...

Sent by Bbry Zed10

boyonfire

Great just in time for the holidays!

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msps

It's coming
It's coming!

SOON...

mnc76

Don't care about cross platform BBM til it's done.

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Z10

Spawn12

Ahh back to the bitching and moaning I see.

Posted via Z10

jwyoungy

So we are where we were a month ago. Seriously, if BlackBerry was blindsided by this Android thing than what does that say about the way things are running over there.

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sibeans

Where can one sign up to be a beta tester? I'd love to help to speed up the process of releasing BBM to Android. I'm running 4.3 at the moment.

farmwersteve

BlackBerry, please release with this at least bbm Voice as well, if not full on bbm video

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crazycanuck329

...it's coming soon..hahs

We are all connected.

TheStoryUp

Does this mean we have to wait 3 weeks for Apple to approve it again when their done testing?

timmy t

Why would Apple test an Android version of an app?

bonwill

Yes.. BETA.. so launch will be NEXT SUMMER? Blackberry .. its still not learning form the past. ACT FAST in the telecommunication Industry. otherwise don't blame the consumers you will abandon you.

masterful

Keep moving

Posted via CB10 from my BlackBerry Z10

VDub2174

Hopefully things go smoothly this time and no one tries to leak unfinished versions of BBM.

erott

Whatever. They f'd it up again. #BBM and #bbm4all WAS trending on twitter the "launch weekend" WAS means no longer. Way to screw that up #teamblackberry This company has been a train wreak for years. Whatever. Spare me the promises. Don't even know why i follow this anymore.

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timmy t

If the problems have been fixed, why not let the Apple users download their version?
Presumably, the flooding of the servers by the unreleased version has been curtailed.

timmy t

Adam. Any idea if this was developed in-house or outsourced to some other company?

diego.roscetti

What a mess they turned this into. Cannot understand such problems with a simple app launch. Disappointing.

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parampaBBZ10

I have my brother using it on IOS seems going good. Not sure why they are not learning that making a big fuss about launching something and they are not ready for it.
Seriously ! !!!!

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will1881

blackberry "stay true"? what a joke
and they're beta testing a new app..which means their lies before of an app leak causing the problem wasn't true...suckers

Parthiv Shah

If Blackberry can give App notification and instant reply from the top like we have in 10.2 and in the Z30 for the IOS and Android users I am telling you there will be 500 million plus users for Blackberry. All of those paying only $1 for BBM and thats 500 Million USD per year with 100% margins! Then BBM Money, Channels and Ads sky is the limit. With this explosion BB can be bigger than facebook!

fragment137

Considering that we've had to wait a little longer for cross platform it's nice that they're doing some updates before release.

What would be an AMAZING boost for BBRY is if they were able to (properly) integrate XBBM Voice and Video before officially launching it again. I don't know how possible it is to do (Again, properly) but it would definitely be very well received.

Meaty123

Yeeeep, see ya 2014 ...

anon2100101

Still "beta"?!? Have I missed the connection? I believed that the release of the BBM for android was the 21st of September?! And now just in Beta?! Oh BlackBerry- your acting and excuses reminds me to the behavior of my daughter- when she was 7....

Spades1234

Any time a program is changed, it gets put through the development process. Even if its only a handful of lines of code. Beta is a part of this process. It also means that they likely made other improvements as well. That being said, they really need all of management to be gutted, and have deadline focused individuals installed.

The real question is, how long does it spend in beta?

Ben1232

Bring on BBM Money too

Posted via my CB Q10

Ethereo

A failed relaunch could be possible, some days I think what the hell are the executives of BB doing with the company?

CMAC_77

Please just release BBM, no publicity, no ads, no images on walls, just the app...

Jonathank

So we have to do the process all over again... I'm guessing end of fall.... this is BS they are just playing games until the sale is final That's it... trying to make us think that they are working on it. they are just stalling

Jmax25

This is truly a fiasco.

keith2k1

I'm glad this is coming to Android. What's App never worked for me or my friends and family.

will1881

whatsapp works well for 300 million people

keith2k1

Good for the 300 million but the people I care about all use Blackberry so I would not ask then to download what's app knowing that they have BBM. And our of the 300 million almost have of the users are on the east coast.

Zidentia

Blackberry that is great but why not spend some time and fix the crap update you pushed to the Playbook which you abandoned?

Coachbulldog

"nice sign of BlackBerry staying true to their previous comments..."

.... for the first time in a very long time.

nwansukka

Does this mean BB never had a working App for previous release date? i suggest no more annoucements, just add it to google play and app world

TabletsRUs

Its time for another episode of Blackberrys B.S. BBM promises game. Starring everyones most hated 55 Million $ tormentor Thorsten Heins....

Sorry Blackberry, not interested in playing this game anymore.

Pint007

First of all: RIM / Blackberry has gone DUST. This is a fact. I mean come on - since the iphone appeared, and then Droids started to rule the mobile world, now Nokia and Windows Phone again get their nearly 10% stake - there is a small dino trying to wake up. How?

If the management would have been smart enough - here is what I would have done: in 2010 I would have immediately made BIS / BES available for both iOS and Android. Would have charged a monthly fee of 5,00 USD, now count the NON Blackberry owners - at that time RIM had 100 million subscribers. If you add the nearly another 100 mio subscribers for non Blackberry users - and only count THAT - you'll end up at a monthy 500 MILLION USD CASH! That is 6,00 BILLION per year.

Now with that, I believe that any normal corporation would survive.

And BBM would have GIVEN FOR FREE, making it the biggest hit ever - cross platformed in 2010! Today we are in 2013, no BBM, RIM is nearly DEAD ( and if it continues this way - so it will be, and there is no point to argue about how good the encryption is, when NSA knows even when you take a dump, not to mention where... ) and still no crossplatformed BIS / BES, and BBM...oh, sorry, WHAT THE F..K IS THAT? Oh, it's that nice logo on my iPhone that worked for 3 days, and now is sh.t 'cause no support? Oh, and can't find it anymore in the appstore either. So, it's worth...yeah, good for nothing.

And this is how you lose customers ( like me, had 8820, 8910, 9700, 9780, 9800 within 4 years, loved them, until hit my head into an iPhone ) Would love to have an iPhone with BIS / BES and BBM.

Only, you need to have the right company that makes it available. If there is any.

dubwrench

Beta?!?!? Wow that's weak. I really hope they get on it and get it in the hands of users ASAP!

Antiqua

back to the beta version, it is impossible to be launched in this week

Spyderbilt Hantingan

Can I come to feel the BBM for android beta tester?
where can I get it?

Ainol Hakim

simple. ..buy BB phone....wkwkwkwkwk. ..

iMischief

The whole explanation about the leak causing problems was a coverup. In plain words, Blackberry wasn't ready and they were quite surprised at the response they got which probably crashed their servers. Hope this time they don't screwup.

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Zetti

Worst Company of the year award!!!! Congratulations BlackBerry you earned it!!

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shaleem

Really? And all these issues could not be resolved before? BlackBerry really seems to have a major problem when it comes to meeting deadlines that they, themselves, set.

fredow

I am happy and totally agreed about seeing new BBM users but in a way I don't really see how it will help or boost Blackberry sales. From my point of view, people who are still on the previous BB OS like OS7 bought their phones mainly for BBM because it was specific to Blackberry, Blackberry only. BBM is (or "was" according to the next weeks) what Facetime IS for Apple users ==> a privilege. Now we are loosing it and unfortunately BBM will be associated to app like Whatsapp and won't be a strength anymore that would attract people.

Stylianos V

I think the company did not expect the huge amount of downloads . If a problem existed with the leak that I did not take too long to resolve . What I believe is that BB is trying to gain some time to think about what direction to take with the company thanks to the response from the public. We are talking about more than 1 million people downloaded one unofficial version of the program and I cannot imagine the amount of people that could have downloaded the version available on Play and App Store worldwide . If it had been a success that weekend it would have minimum of 20 million downloads the first day.

Now, they know they have the attention of the public and they have to do well and also provide a good reason to migrate from whatsapp to bbm (voice or video) . They have to create the new "mini Facebook" . Definitely the role model is Facebook . An ecosystem that besides you chat, another side like the bbm channels for advertising.

If you work at BB and are reading this takes this into account and if you want me to suggest things for the company, hire me . As for phones I think you can not do anything. I had the z10 and is rubbish . The OS is very good but the phone is very bad (screen size in comparison with phone size (solved with z30) but what about the terrible battery, quality, camera is terrible, resets,etc.) and it seems that you dont want to improve your products. No excuses. Even Huawei can build better phones. Its sad.

I have used iOS, BB, Android, Windows. I understand the pros and cons of each product. And believe me, you have more cons than pros and that is why the company is sinking. I really like BB but you guys are ruining the company

I am 27 and i am sure i can run the company much better than you. Hire me for free. You need balls here!! Direction, Vision. vakimis@gmail.com

denis_sianto

So you think Blackberry is not ready for 1 million new users ?
BIG LOL.

Ainol Hakim

BBM makes me feel like a little kid, .... wait and wait, you know waiting is something boring ....

Dave XII

any news about BBM for Andoird, iOS? I can't belive that it's still not there...

Khuthadzo Tshikotshi

if the BlackBerry servers really crashed,then why is BBM for BB still on-line............<??dont they use one server for all BBM platforms???/>