BlackBerry has really left the launch of BBM for Android and iPhone wide open thanks to a vague release window. Most of our readers know that both apps are due this summer, but that window lasts well into September and could mean BBM might not launch on either iPhone or Android until late September.
The confusion over a tweet stating BBM for Android would release at the end of June is well documented. This tweet was even retweeted on an official T-Mobile account before being deleted after realizing it was originally shared on a fake Twitter account.
Now that June is well and truly over, users look towards July, August and Sept as the longest they’d have to wait if BlackBerry sticks to their word of a summer release. This means we could be looking at up to two months before BBM for Android and iPhone arrives.
Reactions to the demand for BBM are mixed – we know schools in the UK are buzzing about the need for BBM on Android and iPhone, which comes from a lot of these teenagers using the app on a BlackBerry device before moving to iOS or Android.
Feedback we have seen includes a lot of desire for the app, “BBM was amazing. I want it so bad” said one teen. Another stated, “BBM was the only BlackBerry app I missed when I moved to Android”.
Others are not so confident and this is clearly seen in this comment, “I think it is too late for BBM, no one knows when it will release and by the time it does all the other apps have users covered. If BBM is to stand a chance on Android and iPhone they need to launch now”.
Do you think BlackBerry should give a release date for BBM on Android and iPhone, or is it best to leave it open to save further disappointment?