Downloads of BlackBerry Limited’s BBM chat app for iPhones and Android devices have hit 10 million in just one day.
According to BlackBerry’s BBM chief, Andrew Bocking, who confirmed this, said that it was achieved within 24 hours of the resumed launch of the initiative, saying BBM was looking great on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry, and that the team was very excited about the success of the launch.
BlackBerry resumed the launch of the free app at the weekend, having had to stop it in late September when an unreleased version for Android was posted online.
“I’m also pleased to say that BBM rose very quickly in the Apple App Store free app rankings in the first 24 hours, taking the number one slot in more than 75 countries, including the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Indonesia and most of the Middle East,” Bocking said.
He again cited the fact that almost one million people grabbed the unreleased Android version, while a similar number used “workarounds” to get it on their iPhones and six million more pre-registered.
Meanwhile, Samsung Electronics West Africa has confirmed that BBM, the mobile social network, is now available as a free download for Android operated Samsung Galaxy smartphones across Africa from the Google play store.
The firm, in a statement, said that Samsung users could now join a vibrant community of 60 million BlackBerry smartphone customers, who relied on the BBM to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues every day. With this, Galaxy smartphone users will have access to an extensive range of BBM features, including BBM chats and multi-person chats with BBM groups, as well as the ability to share photos and voice notes.
The Director, Hand Held Products, Samsung Electronics West Africa, Mr. Emmanouil Revmatas, was quoted in the statement as saying: “We are pleased to officially announce that BBM is now available for Samsung Galaxy smartphones across Africa.”