News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED
Let an ISACA® certification elevate your career.
Register today and save
You are here: Home / Mobile Tech / Android, iOS Get BlackBerry Messenger
Gartner's #1 for endpoint backup
Android, iOS Get BlackBerry Messenger -- Finally, and Slowly
Android, iOS Get BlackBerry Messenger -- Finally, and Slowly
By Barry Levine / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
OCTOBER
22
2013



BlackBerry does not have a lot of hit products at the moment, but it does have the popular BlackBerry Messenger. On Monday, the company announced it was moving forward with its previously postponed rollout of the much-in-demand BBM app for Android and iOS devices.

On BlackBerry's official blog, Inside BlackBerry, BBM head Andrew Bocking wrote Monday that "this is the news you've been waiting for!" The free app is now becoming available in Google Play, the iTunes App Store and in selected Samsung App Stores.

He described the demand for BBM on Android and the iPhone as "amazing," with about 6 million users having signed up for BBM information. In fact, he said, the demand is so great that users will need to download the app, enter their e-mail address into it, and then wait for their turn to become connected to the service.

Pausing the Rollout

The Canadian company announced in May that it soon would be rolling out BBM to other platforms, as it had previously been available only for BlackBerry devices. The launch of BBM for those platforms had originally been scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 21, but was postponed.

On Sept. 23, Bocking wrote on the official BlackBerry blog, Inside BlackBerry, that the company had become aware that an "unreleased, older version of BBM for Android" had been posted on various file sharing sites. Bocking added that the unofficial release had "impacted the system in abnormal ways" because of the data traffic it generated -- at much higher levels that normal. The user base for the unauthorized version reportedly ballooned in the seven hours after its availability to nearly a million users.

The only way to deal with the issue of the unauthorized version's impact, he posted on the 23rd, was to "pause the rollout for both Android and iPhone" until the development team could completely block the unauthorized versions in the official editions -- which, he added, was not a simple task.

'Orders of Magnitude'

Jeff Gadway, senior manager for BBM Product Marketing, explained to us that although the problem had only been in the bootleg Android version, the company "needed to pause all systems," including iOS, in order to resolve the issue.

Even though BlackBerry had been expecting substantial data traffic, Gadway said the unauthorized version "resulted in volumes of data traffic orders of magnitude higher than normal for each active user and impacted the system in abnormal ways," so that BlackBerry had to "evolve our system across the board to ensure they would not recur after launch." (continued...)

1  |  2  |  Next Page >

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
Protect 100% of your Data The prevalence of laptops and mobile devices in the enterprise makes corporate data increasingly vulnerable to loss and breach. And yet, workforce productivity is now inextricably linked to mobility. Click here to access the white paper "Top 10 Endpoint Backup Mistakes" to learn more about how to confidently protect data across platforms and devices while also providing features designed to enhance the end user experience.
MORE IN MOBILE TECH
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Dairy Queen Latest Retailer To Report Hack
Known for its hot fries and soft-serve ice cream, Dairy Queen just made cyber history as the latest victim of a hack attack. The fast food chain said that customer data at some stores may be at risk.
 
Lessons from the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack
JPMorgan Chase is investigating a likely cyberattack. The banking giant is cooperating with law enforcement, including the FBI, to understand what data hackers may have obtained.
 
Who Is the Hacker Group Lizard Squad?
Are they dangerous or just obnoxious? That’s what many are wondering about the hacker group Lizard Squad, which tweeted out a bomb threat that grounded a flight with a Sony exec aboard.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Intel Intros Lightning-Fast PC Processors
Call it extreme. Intel just took the covers off its first-ever eight-core desktop processor, which is aimed at hardcore power users who expect more than the status quo from their computers.
 
HP Previews ProLiant Gen9 Data Center Servers
Because traditional data center and server architectures are “constraints” on businesses, HP is releasing new servers aimed at faster, simpler and more cost-effective delivery of computing services.
 
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
iWatch Watch: What Will Apple Ask Us To Wear?
There are still more questions than answers when it comes to details about the smart watch Apple seems poised to debut on Sept. 9. In fact, nobody seems completely sure that it will be a smart watch at all.
 
Google Successfully Tests Its Own Delivery Drone
While top technology companies are engaged in an "arms race" to develop drones that can quickly deliver goods to anyone anywhere, Google has revealed it successfully tested its own version.
 
Will iPhone Finally Catch Up with NFC Mobile Payment Ability?
Apple's latest version of the iPhone may have a mobile wallet to pay for purchases with a tap of the phone. The iPhone 6 reportedly is equipped with near-field communication (NFC) technology.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.