Oct, 21 2013

After Blackberry failed to launch BBM for Android (thanks to server overload from an unofficial release of the app), the company has finally announced the resuming of rollouts for the messaging service. They say we should be seeing the app in the Google Play Store within the next few hours, but being able to use it won’t be as simple as downloading it and making an account.

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In order to ensure they can properly handle the load of an expected 6 million users, Blackberry is implementing a queue system — you simply “get in line,” and once you make it to the front you’re good to go. We’re not sure how long these queues are supposed to leave you waiting, but we’d sincerely hope it isn’t long as we’ve been waiting long enough. Here’s how it will go down:

  1. Download BBM – the easiest way is to visit BBM.com from your Android or iPhone browser
  2. Once you install the app, open it, and enter your email address to hold your spot in line
  3. We will email you as soon as you reach the front of the line and can start using BBM

It’s a little quirky, but it is for the best in the grand scheme of things. We’ll definitely be looking out for the app, so check this post as we’ll be updating it with the Google Play Store link once it goes live. Let us know if you’ll be signing up once this queue goes live later today!

[Update]: Ready? Get set… Go!

[via Blackberry]

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