Things have not been going too well for BlackBerry for quite some time now. The Canadian company has recently agreed on an acquisition offer from Fairfax Financial and if no other players in the industry come forward with new bids, BlackBerry is likely to go private.
Like that weren't enough, the handset maker did not manage to launch its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) application properly last month. During the rollout of BBM for iOS, BlackBerry opened its servers to those who installed the application via App Store.
Unfortunately, a previously leaked version of BBM for Android that caused BlackBerry servers to overload made it impossible for the company to continue the launch of the application in the rest of the world.
Last week, sources close to the matter stated that BlackBerry had already released a new version of BBM for Android and allowed a select number of users to test it and offer feedback.
The bad news is that we still don't have an exact release date for the launch of BBM for iOS and Android. According to BlackBerry, more details on BBM will be announced when the testing process is successfully completed.
However, more information on the application has just surfaced and comes directly from Victoria Berry, a BlackBerry rep. Ibitimes reports that Berry said that the company's “team is working around the clock to relaunch BBM for Android,” as well as fix all the issues caused by the leaked version of BBM for Android.
She also said that BlackBerry had “not announced a new timeline in terms of when BBM will come to Android and Apple devices.”
Berry also confirmed, once again, that BBM for iOS and Android would not come with video calling features at launch, but they would come later on: “we are not going to publish a timeline, but we are committed to bringing those [voice and video-calling] features to all users.”
Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.