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BBM for Android & iPhone on hold: Samsung SA’s official statement

Unlike us, we seriously hope you weren’t scheduling your weekend around the launch of BBM for Android and iOS, as BlackBerry has paused the rollout following a leak of the Android version. Apparently there were too many simultaneous users, the company says; with over 1.1 million active clients in the first eight hours, the messaging service just wasn’t ready to handle the load…they still couldn’t turn to WhatsApp and WeChat makers for help. There’s no mention of when the BBM deployment will continue, although BlackBerry is disabling the unofficial Android build to prevent future problems. Unless you grabbed BBM’s iOS version in the first several hours, you’ll just have to be patient.

Samsung SA has today sent out a official release on the hold of BBM

Due to technical integration concerns, BBM has withheld the application’s release to all Android users across Africa, and has paused the availability until these technical aspects have been fully addressed.

Samsung will advise customers on when these have been resolved. George Ferreira, VP and COO of Samsung Electronics Africa comments, “We are in constant communication with BBM, who continues to undergo extensive testing to ensure that the quality of the user experience remains top priority before the application is added to the Google Play store, for our customers in South Africa and across Africa. We have been assured that their team is working around the clock to make BBM available to Samsung Android customers.”

In order to ensure that Samsung users enjoy the Samsung experience to which they have become accustomed to, we urge consumers to be cautious of imitation or fake BBM applications currently available for download.

Papi Mabele
Tech enthusiast at heart. Lover of all things digital. Papi is the founder of SA Vibe and has been sharing his love for gadgetry since 2010. Papi sees no need for wearable tech in his busy schedule and considers the Xbox One as non existant. He may come across as bias at times, and still holds a grudge at BlackBerry for creating the 8520.