BlackBerry has seen a surge in downloads on its BBM instant messaging app for Google’s Android operating system and Apple’s iPhone. The app, which is about five years overdue, was downloaded more than 10M times according to a BlackBerry statement. This one-day success made apple the most popular app in Apple’s App Store in over 75 countries including the U.S. and BlackBerry’s home country of Canada.
In the most recently reported quarter alone, BlackBerry lost $965M, putting it on pace to LOSE just under $4B this year. Rumors have swirled recently that BlackBerry is going to be purchased by another firm either in whole or in part. The success of the BBM App illustrates that individual pieces of BlackBerry are worth more than the whole, which makes a piecemeal sale of BlackBerry even more likely.