Despite its troubles in the handset market, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is proving to be a huge hit on Android and iOS. The messaging app, previously only available on BlackBerry devices, has been downloaded over 10 million times in its first 24 hours.
On its first day, BBM took the top spot in App Store charts in over 75 countries, including the US, UK and Canada. On the Google Play Store, it has gained an overwhelming number of positive user reviews.
In its blog post, BlackBerry reports that 60,000 of the 87,000 who voted in the Google Play Store gave BBM a five star review. However, the site Android Police reports that some of this may have been faked. Lots of five star reviews use the exact same words, with the exact same misspelling. It’s not clear how many comments are spam, or where they came from. BlackBerry states that it doesn’t support this kind of activity, as it gives a false impression of how satisfied users are with the app.
Despite this, and the waiting list to start using the app, it looks like the launch of BBM has been a success. Blackberry says it will continue to develop and improve the app.