BBM for Android Beta comes with Material Design and new features

A beta version of BBM for Android is now available in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. This version of the messaging app features the Material Design used with Android 5.0, and means a complete redesign for the app. As BlackBerry says, the result is "a more colorful, more eye-popping, and easier-to-use BBM experience that’s brand-new, yet very familiar."

The update also brings some new features. In Private Chats, the name of your contact is hidden and new message notifications are turned off. The chat is deleted after a short period of time, or when you end the private chat. Also being tried out for the  BBM for Android, a replace button allows you to edit a message you've already sent. As BlackBerry says, this is the perfect complement to the message retraction feature in BBM. And you can share status updates faster, right from the BBM news feed.

Remember that this is only a beta and changes can still take place before the final version is released. To be eligible to install the beta, you must be a card carrying member of the BlackBerry Beta Zone.

source: BlackBerry via Crackberry



1. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Who still uses this anymore? Least on other platforms besides BB.

6. waddup121 unregistered


8. hafini_27

Posts: 948; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

100 million active users think otherwise. Popular on both Google play and App store. Get your fact straight before posting nonsense.

2. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

It looks like Whatsapp but I guess no one uses this anymo'

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21752; Member since: May 28, 2014

To answer the questions posed in comments #1 and two: BBM has over 100 million active monthly users, so I guess at least 100 million people use it. Looks good. I may download this to my Android handset.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

+1 for putting the trolls in their place.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21752; Member since: May 28, 2014


7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Looks nice but I just wish you were able to use it as a default sms client.

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