Just a few hours after BlackBerry launched the BBM app on the AppStore in Australia, India, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates, the app has already been removed by BlackBerry following an alleged 'early Android leak'.

BBM for iPhone and Android

BlackBerry has come under heavy attack following Friday when they announced 4,500 layoffs and a loss of nearly $1 billion in its second quarter.

Those who already downloaded BBM on their iPhones can keep using the app, BlackBerry added. Although the company have disabled new downloads and app installations of the leaked version of BBM for Android, and delayed its official launch.

BlackBerry haven't provided a timeline for the new rollout, instead advising customers to visit BBM.com to register for updates on Android availability.

After launching a staggered country rollout of BBM for iPhone - beginning with New Zealand - at midnight local time on Saturday via Twitter, the @BBM handle tweeted about pausing its release just hours after.

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