BlackBerry's BBM for iPhone, Android Tops Download List

BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY  ) has seen a surge in downloads of its long-awaited BBM instant-messaging app for Google's (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) Android operating system and Apple's iPhone. The app, which is in its first day of release for the two systems, has been downloaded a total of more than 10 million times, according to a company press release.

This has propelled BBM to the No. 1 position in Apple's App Store list of most popular free programs in over 75 countries, including the U.S. and BlackBerry's native Canada, the company said. At the moment, the app's iPhone version boasts an average rating of four out of a possible five stars from more than 2,850 users.

In spite of its popularity, the app is late in coming to the market. This past May, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins pledged that Android and iOS iterations would be launched during the summer.

This was one of a host of setbacks for the company so far this year. It posted a loss of $965 million in its most recently reported quarter, and speculation is rife that it will soon be sold to an outside investor, either in its entirety or on a piecemeal basis.


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  • Report this Comment On October 22, 2013, at 8:04 PM, bbgirl65 wrote:

    Admit it Eric, grow some balls and admit that over 10 million downloads when it is in controlled release is simply amazing. Stick that up your iPhone.

  • Report this Comment On October 23, 2013, at 11:04 AM, infektu wrote:

    "In spite of its popularity, the app is late in coming to the market."

    I have a hard time following the logic of this "in spite".

    Or maybe you meant "In spite of being months late, the app is popular " ?

    Sorry for picking :-)

  • Report this Comment On October 23, 2013, at 1:42 PM, TMFVolkman wrote:

    No problem, infektu. What I was trying to convey was that users don't seem bothered by the fact that this version of the app has come to market several months later than promised.

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