We did leak the APK few hours ago, there were people actively installing BBM on their Android phones and also got it working. While we had our hands on the app, BlackBerry doesn’t seem to like what we did and hence they disabled their BBM services for Android. All you folks who downloaded the leaked APK won’t be able to use BBM on your Android unless the Canadian OEM re-enables their service. You can stay updated for the new APK version on the same page.
While BBM for Android had to be released by 7 AM EDT on September 21 as promised by BlackBerry, they failed to do so after which an unreleased APK was leaked here at Hack My Android. This APK was posted on several other sites which caused more than 1.1 million active users on BBM for Android which caused some technical issues. This leaked APK seems to be the reason why BlackBerry could not release the app in the Play Store yet. We’re sorry BlackBerry, we don’t seem to resist ourselves from using BBM.
The official statement is as follows:
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.-BlackBerry statement