If you have been on the internet in the past couple of days, then you probably know that BBM for Android was supposed to hit the Play Store promptly at 7:00AM ET this morning. You probably also know that didn't happen, and the app still isn't available. Blackberry has now taken to its business blog to tell us exactly what's causing the hold up.


In short, the entire delay is caused by the leaked apk that recently surfaced online. It wasn't the final version of the app (and contained bugs), but still managed to garner "over 1.1 million active users in the first [eight] hours." While Blackberry is pretty happy about the response, the hype has caused some unnamed issues in the system, preventing the app from being launched on time.

To correct these issues, the leaked version of the app will be disabled, rendering it useless. This will give the BBM for Android crew a chance to work out the kinks without umpteen million users clogging up the system – or at least that's what I assume.

The downside of all this is that there's no new release date, only that the company will launch the app "as soon as they are able." Users of the unreleased apk are encouraged to register at BBM's landing page and/or follow BBM on Twitter for the latest.

BBM Business Blog