The demand for BBM for iPhone and Android has been insane. Since it’s release on Monday the app has been download over 10 million times and has quickly shot up to the number two spot in the iTunes App Store. Of course all this demand hasn’t been all good news, it’s forced BlackBerry to use a wait list after too many sign ups on a beta version of the Android app delayed the release a few weeks ago. And while the long wait is tough for those looking to get back into BBM, there have been some tips that tried to help you get past the wait. CNET found one where you have to open and then force close the app but we found one that we think is simpler. Just ask a friend who already got into the app to for the email address they used to sign up.
Here’s where you enter your friend’s email address
When you first open up the BBM app you’re asked to enter in the email address that you used to pre-register on BBM.com or to sign up. Instead of entering your own email address here just enter in the email address of your friend who already got in. The email address needs to be the one they used in the BBM app to sign up and the one that got sent the email telling them they could sign up. That’s it. From there you’ll see the “Congratulations!” screen to let you get started with BBM. Tap “next” on that screen and you can create your BlackBerry ID using your own email address, get your PIN and return to the world of BBM. No more waiting.
And don’t worry, this does nothing to affect your friend’s email or their BBM. This just gets you into the app and from there you can create your own BlackBerry ID with your own email address. We’ve tested this a few times using BBM for iOS on an iPad and iPhone 5S using multiple email addresses and each time it worked perfectly.
And you’re in!
Now as for finding those friends who already got in, odds are you’ve probably already seen them post their new PINs on Facebook, so just message them and see if they can help you out.
It’s finally, finally here. After long waits and many delays BlackBerry has finally released BBM for iPhone and Android, and unlike in September this time it looks like it’s here to stay. The app is free and you can get it from the Google Play Store or the App Store. It will work on Android phones running Android 4.0 and up as well as iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches running iOS 6 or iOS 7.
Once you download the app you’ll need to sign in with your BlackBerry ID (if you don’t have one or don’t remember it you can also create a new one). If you signed up at BBM.com over the last few months you should be good to go from there and can enjoy BBM on your non-BlackBerry. If you didn’t you may have to wait a bit as BlackBerry is trying to avoid the problems of rapid sign-up that caused the most recent delays by slowly letting new users into the app. Sadly there’s no counter in the app to let you know where you are in line, but from what we’re hearing the “line” to get into BBM is moving pretty quickly. And if you don’t have the patience to wait there are already a few “hacks” popping up to get you in right away as CNET has found.
So what are you waiting for? Go download the app and get back to BBMing.
More info: BBM.com
The leaked app (pic from Android Central)
We’ve got an update on the delay of the BBM apps for Android and the iPhone and it’s not good. On Monday BlackBerry’s head of BBM, Andrew Bocking, posted an update to the company’s Inside BlackBerry blog on the status of the now paused roll out of the BBM apps, and well, things are a bit more complicated than everyone thought. Basically, they’re complicated enough for BlackBerry to postpone the roll-out of the iPhone and Android BBM apps until at least next week. Bocking did not give any information beyond that for when the launch would be restarted, just saying that fixing the issues “will take some time and I do not anticipate launching this week.”
The problem causing these delays is with an unreleased version of the Android app that had a few bugs in it but still made its way online. 1.1 million people downloaded that app within eight hours causing some problems for BlackBerry’s servers. Whatever issue there was with that unreleased app has been fixed in the official version, but BlackBerry is now blocking that unreleased app and trying to make sure that their servers are ready for the amount of traffic that will hit them once the official app launches. So while it may be a little longer until you can return to BBM, hopefully this will mean a better experience once you do.
We’ll continue to keep you updated on the status of BBM for Android and iPhone, but in the meantime you can head on over to the BBM site and sign-up to be notified when the apps are ready to go.
While this was supposed to be the weekend for BBM to finally hit Android and the iPhone it now looks it was all a false start. BlackBerry did plan on releasing the app for both platforms this weekend, but due to a mix of demand and an unreleased Android app (like the one from the pic above) BlackBerry has paused the rollout until further notice.
According to a post on their Inside BlackBerry blog, an unreleased version of app was posted online and downloaded a pretty incredible 1.1 million times in the first eight hours of being available. But that app, as unreleased apps often do, had some issues. While BlackBerry is trying to fix those issues, they decided to pull the app from both the App Store and Google Play Store in the interim. For those who managed to download an official version of the app, BlackBerry also confirmed that those has already downloaded the official BBM for iPhone app will be able to continue to use it, though BlackBerry will disable the BBM for Android app until they can re-release the official version in the Play Store. Regular BBM for BlackBerry will continue to work just fine.
— BBM (@BBM) September 22, 2013
No word on when BlackBerry will restart the roll-out or when it will hit the US, but we’ll let you know here once they do.
More info: BBM.com
The summer officially ends this weekend and as promised BlackBerry will deliver BBM by then. While they cut it really close to missing their promise to have BBM for iPhone and Android out by the end of the summer, BlackBerry today announced that BBM for Android will be out this Saturday, September 21st, at 7 AM Eastern Time. BBM for iPhone will be available a several hours later at 12:01 AM local time (meaning when its 12:01 AM where you are) on Sunday the 22nd. BBM for Android will be available to download from the Google Play Store while BBM for iPhone will be available at that time in the App Store.
BBM for iPhone and Android brings many of the BBM features you know and love including single person and group chats, the ability to share photos and voice notes, a unique BBM PIN etc. The Android version even allows you to add a BBM contact using NFC just by just taping your phone with your friend’s (assuming you both have Android/BlackBerry 10 phones with NFC). You yet be able to do video chats, screen share or BBM voice calls, but BlackBerry has said that those features would be coming as updates in a “future version.”
BBM for iPhone will work on iPhones running iOS 6 or iOS 7 (so the 3GS, 4, 4S, 5 and new 5C and 5S), while BBM for Android will work on phones running Android 4.0 or later (Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean).
So are you excited for this or have you moved on already to iMessage/WhatsApp/something else?
More info: BlackBerry
With BBM for Android leaking on video last week and looking like it was ready to go, a lot of people began wondering about the status of BBM for iOS. BBM for iOS was announced earlier this year at the same time as the Android version with all the same features, and like BBM for Android, was promised to be coming before the end of the summer (technically September 21st). Ever since that announcement though things have been very quiet with no new updates on when to expect the app. Well, we now have gotten a semi-official update that points to the app being almost ready to go.
This update comes from a tweet from Alex Kinsella, BlackBerry’s Senior Strategic Account Manager. According to Kinsella, the BBM for iOS app was submitted to the App Store for review “2 weeks ago.” All apps that are in Apple’s App Store need to be approved before they make it into the store, a process that sometimes takes days but at times can also take weeks. While we don’t know what exactly is holding up the BBM app’s approval by Apple, with iOS 7 (and new iPhones) only days away it is possible things might be a little backed up as developers are rushing to update their apps for the new OS.
— Alex Kinsella (@alexkinsella) September 6, 2013
The good news though is that according to this tweet BlackBerry’s work on the app itself is done and it’s all on Apple to approve and release it. Actual BBM for iPhone should be here before the end of summer, just as BlackBerry promised.
More info: Engadget
Earlier this year BlackBerry announced that they would be bringing BBM to iOS and Android this summer. With the summer quickly coming to a close it’s been a while since we heard anything about it. Well, BlackBerryOS.com got their hands on a copy of the upcoming app for Android and have posted a quick video tour of the app online.
From the video posted, BBM for Android looks and runs exactly like it does on BlackBerry 10. It’s got the same design as the BlackBerry 10 version of BBM and you can do pretty much all the things you’d expect to do with BBM– single person and group chats, the ability to share photos and voice notes etc. The Android version even allows you to add a BBM contact using NFC just by just taping your phone with your friend’s (assuming you both have Android/BlackBerry 10 phones with NFC). You can’t yet do video chats, screen share or BBM voice calls, but BlackBerry has said that those features would be coming as updates later this year.
As for when we can expect BBM to come out for iPhone and Android, well, that is still anyone’s guess. Technically summer isn’t over until September 21st, so BlackBerry still has a few weeks to fulfill its promise of getting this out before it ends. Then again, as you can see from the tweet below, Samsung has teased that BBM for Galaxy phones is coming “very soon” so maybe we’ll see it well before then.
The full video of BBM for Android in action is after the break.
You’ll want to broadcast this message! BBM is coming soon to your Samsung GALAXY Smartphone very soon! pic.twitter.com/6ibSeZ88oo
— Samsung Mobile SA (@SamsungMobileSA) September 2, 2013
It has been a while since BlackBerry fans had any reasons to be excited but these past few months have provided a lot of hope. The long-awaited BlackBerry 10 finally had its official unveiling at the end of January and now the first of the US carriers has announced a release date for when you’ll be able to buy some of the new BlackBerry 10 phones. Yes, on March 22nd AT&T will release the BlackBerry Z10 for $200 with a new 2 year contract.
For those who don’t know, the Z10 is the all touchscreen BlackBerry 10 phone and has a 4.2 inch 720p HD screen, dual-core 1.5 GHZ processor with 2 GB of RAM (so things run quickly and without lagging or freezing), 16 GB of built-in storage (with a microSD card slot adding more), an 8 megapixel back camera and 2 megapixel front camera for HD video chat, NFC (so you can do things like share files or use your phone as a credit card just by tapping it), and 4G LTE support. The Z10 however lacks the hardware keyboard BlackBerry is known for, and if you want that you will need to wait a little longer for the Q10 which BlackBerry said back at their January event won’t be available until April in the US. For everything you need to know about the Z10, Q10 and BlackBerry 10 see our earlier post here.
Verizon and T-Mobile are also expected to launch the Z10 soon, though neither carrier has announced an exact release date for their versions (Verizon has said that their Z10 will also cost $200 with a new 2 year contract). We’ll of course keep you updated on that as we learn more.
While we liked what we saw in the Z10 when we checked it out a few months ago, it’s still hard for us to recommend it with great new phones like HTC’s new One due soon and Samsung’s big Galaxy S IV event on Thursday. Honestly with everything that’s about to go down in new phones we would strongly recommend waiting a little longer before upgrading and signing any new 2 year contract. But if you’re on AT&T and are set on getting the Z10 you can pre-order it now from AT&T.
As we get closer to Research In Motion’s big BlackBerry 10 unveiling in 15 days, more details have begun to leak out as to what we can expect in the new BlackBerry 10 phones. Over the last few days in particular we learned a lot about BlackBerry 10, so here’s the latest.