bbm-sept18BBM for iOS and Android was finally re-released and last we heard, the app managed to sail to the number 2 position on the iTunes App Store (we hear that it is now number 1). Given the popularity the last time round, we expect that now with the app having its issues fixed and being all official, many would be eager to download it and according to the recent numbers released by BlackBerry, they claim that BBM for iOS and Android have managed to hit the 5 million mark in about 8 hours since it was launched. We’re not sure if iOS beat out Android for downloads, or vice versa, or it could have been an even 50-50.

It is also not clear as to whether this 5 million is talking about just downloads alone, or activations so far, because if it is the latter, we expect the total number to be much higher. As it stands those on iOS and Android who want to use the app will have to sign up and be put on a waiting list, presumably to prevent BlackBerry’s servers from overloading. It is unclear how long users will have to wait, but if you’re interested we guess you should probably get in line ASAP! With this surge in popularity, we have to wonder if it’s merely the novelty of using BBM on iOS and Android, or if it’s because it has the potential to overtake messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Line, Kik, and etc. What do you guys think?

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