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This article was published on October 22, 2013

BlackBerry says 5 million users downloaded BBM for Android and iOS in 8 hours [Updated]

BlackBerry says 5 million users downloaded BBM for Android and iOS in 8 hours [Updated] Image by: Justin Sullivan
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Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

BlackBerry finally rolled out its BBM messenger for iOS and Android earlier today, using a unique reservation system presumably designed to prevent its servers crashing out again, and the company claims that five million users have downloaded the app already.

It’s not clear how many others are waiting for access but the initial figure — racked up eight hours after launch — is pretty impressive. BlackBerry said earlier that six million people had signed up to get updates about the app in ahead of its launch, while an apparent one million Android owners were “using the unreleased version of BBM for Android” following the partial launch in September.

Are you among those still waiting? You’ll be interested in this hack that lets you get the app right away — though we’re not sure how long it will last.

Update:

Blackberry has since reported that over 10 million users have downloaded BBM for Android and iOS.

Related: Hands-on with BlackBerry’s BBM app for iOS

Thumbnail image via Justin Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images

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