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Trouble never comes alone and it fits perfectly on BlackBerry. The latest bad news for the beleaguered Canadian device maker is that the launch of BBM for Android and iOS has been delayed. The move was necessary because a fictitious version of BBM was launched on the BBM network.
Andrew Bocking, executive vice president of BBM, wrote in a blog post, “The team is now focused on adjusting the system to completely block this unreleased version of the Android app when we go live with the official BBM for Android app. We are also making sure that the system is reinforced to handle this kind of scenario in the future. While this may sound like a simple task – it’s not. This will take some time and I do not anticipate launching this week.”
The BBM was scheduled to be launched on iOS and Android network in the weekend. However, before the launch was to be commenced, an older version of the BBM purportedly for Android was posted on the BBM site on a file sharing basis.
The older version was erroneous and hence was not released. It resulted in volumes of data traffic orders on a higher scale and it impacted the system in an abnormal way. This issue was effectively addressed in the latest version of BBM for Android and iOS platform. However it was not possible to block users of the unreleased version if the launch was continued.
In all probability the hiccup was caused by overzealous Android users of the unreleased application and by Saturday the users of the version reached one million. Users who have the erroneous version can get themselves registered with BlackBerry and they will be informed when the correct version of the application is released.
Blackberry has announced that a consortium headed by Fairfax is making feasibility studies to acquire the shares of Blackberry for $9 per share and the deal worth $4.7 billion will make the company a private company.