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.
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
Sure 2012 is coming to a close but that doesn’t mean we can’t start thinking about 2013. One of the biggest things to look for in 2013 is the new BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry 10 has been the long-awaited update for BlackBerry users and by most guesses, is probably the last chance Research in Motion (the makers of BlackBerry) has to avoid being finally killed off by Android and the iPhone. While we still have about a month until the full, official BlackBerry 10 unveiling (Research In Motion is planning a big BlackBerry 10 launch event for January 30th), thanks to some recent online leaks we now finally can see some of the rumored new BlackBerry 10 hardware. Meet the BlackBerry Z10 and X10.
The BlackBerry Z10 is the new all touch BlackBerry 10 phone, and it is loaded with many of the specs you’d expect in a top phone. Rumors say it will have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM, a 4.2 inch HD screen, 4G LTE support, 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage (with a microSD card slot for adding more), and an 8 megapixel back camera with a 2 megapixel front camera for HD video chat.
The X10 is kinda like the BlackBerry 10 version of the Bold 9900, and we gotta say, it actually looks pretty nice. Not much is known on the specs of the X10 but from the leaks it does appear to have a large touchscreen with that famous BlackBerry keyboard underneath.
The X10 is expected to be released a few weeks after the all touch Z10, though since RIM hasn’t yet announced either device– meaning these are for now all just rumors for now and can change– we don’t yet know when either will be available or how much they will cost.
Software wise RIM has kept things equally close to the vest, though they have shown off some new BlackBerry 10 features over the last few months. They have even posted some videos online of cool new camera features like Time Shift– which takes the milliseconds before and after you take a picture and allows you to adjust the photo after you actually take it to get the perfect shot– as well as a new touch keyboard. There have been also been rumors suggesting updates to apps like BBM to let you be able to video chat with other BBM users which would make sense as today anyone with BBM on a BlackBerry 7 phone can make free voice calls to other BBM users with an app update.
With so much however still unknown about BlackBerry 10 it remains to be seen if it will convince anyone to stick with BlackBerry instead of going to an iPhone, Android or Windows Phone. We’ll of course have you covered on everything Research In Motion unveils at their BlackBerry 10 event on January 30th. In the meantime, what do you think of these new phones– do they make you want a BlackBerry 10 device to be your next phone, or is it too little too late and you’re going to go with something else instead?
Videos of the new keyboard and camera, as well as a couple more pictures of the Z10 and X10 (including a possible sighting of a BlackBerry 10 Curve– it’s the white phone next to the X10 and Z10), are after the break.
Could this be true? BBM on an iPhone?
File this one under the most awesome and incredible rumor we’ve ever heard. According to BGR, who is pretty much dead-on when it comes to BlackBerry news (they were the ones who first leaked the Storm three years ago and more recently BlackBerry’s upcoming 2011 lineup), both Android and the iPhone (and it’s iOS) may soon get one of the greatest BlackBerry features on their devices– official BlackBerry Messenger. Yes, BBM is said to be on its way for Android and iPhone.
BGR’s sources didn’t reveal an exact date for when all this would go down, though according to the leak it did appear that at least the Android version would be at least announced this year (our guess would be at BlackBerry’s big BlackBerry World conference in May, but again that’s just our guess) with iPhone/iOS support after that. The BGR leak also goes on to mention how this would be more of a “BBM-lite” and while you would be able to BBM with anyone on a BlackBerry, the Android and iPhone versions might be lacking certain features like sending pics, and videos. For that full BBM experience you’d need to get an actual BlackBerry.
A lot of you are probably thinking right about now “the only reason I’d get a BlackBerry is for BBM, why would I go with it now if I can just get it on iPhone and Android?” Well, as we said above and as BGR alludes to in his post, this would be a great way for BlackBerry to begin to pull people back away from the ever-growing iPhone and Android platforms by teasing them with the BBM and BlackBerry experience, with the only way to get that full experience being switching to a BlackBerry (and if there’s an additional fee to use BBM on iPhone/Android then people who love the service may be even more eager to switch over and get full BBM and save money).
Seeing as one of the most frequent questions we get here at TeensTalkTech is about BBM and BlackBerry here’s the million dollar question– how important is BBM to you and are you willing to still go with that “BBM-lite” (again, text only no pic or video sharing) on an iPhone/Android phone or would you still go with the traditional BlackBerry and BBM when you go for your next new phone? Sound off in the comments.
Pic– which is fake and Photoshopped— from OmniTechNews.net