Beta update to BBM for Android adds support for groups of 300 people, desktop chats and more

Beta update to BBM for Android adds support for groups of 300 people, desktop chats and more
The BBM app for Android has received a beta update that includes several new features. The update raises the number of people allowed in a group chat to 300. In addition, if someone you are trying to call is busy and can't answer the phone, you will see a message on the call screen, and hear a tone. And let's say you're tired of holding your phone all day, and want to continue your BBM chat on your desktop computer. BBM beta testers can do this with BBM Desktop.

You can get to BBM Desktop (which is in beta) by tapping on the Me icon on the bottom of the screen. Click on BBM Desktop, go to web.bbmessaging.com on your home computer, and use the in-app BBM camera on your phone to scan the barcode. You will then receive a URL that will take you to BBM Desktop. Check the image at the top of this story.

The complete changelist for the update includes:

  • BBM Desktop: Extend your chat to desktop.
  • The more, the merrier! Group chat now supports up to 300 members!
  • BBMoji is now accessible from the 'Me' tab.
  • On call screen notifies when callee is busy via message and tone.
  • Show off samples of your newly downloaded sticker on Feeds & Timeline.
  • Share any type of document faster via 1:1 and Group chat.


Keep in mind, you have to be a BBM beta tester in order to get these new features. If all goes well, they could eventually make their way to the public version of the messaging app.


source: CrackBerry

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17 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

BBM Desktop had disappeared at one point, but now it’s back. That’s a welcome return. BBMoji is a pretty cool feature that’s been added to BBM as well. I’m not part of the beta, so I’ll be waiting until the finished version is released.

3. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

I hope the 'welcome' return is not too late. Bcos lots of BBM user were defecting to WA. Mostly because WA is ads free

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not in your home country of Indonesia they are. They’re growing there. I know that’s a hard pill for to swallow, so try some water to help wash it down.

2. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

I hope BB will reduce the money making engine (ads) on BBM. Its too painfull to use BBM and terrorize by ads.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

First of all, BBM is a business. Businesses are in business to make money. Google’s bread and butter is literally ads. You gonna hope that they reduce them too? Are you gonna stop using Android smartphones because of it? And you don’t even use BBM, or you’d know that the ads are unobtrusive.

10. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

My android phone HAVE NO ads at all. My android phone will have ads if I install BBM

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Your Android phone (if you actually have one) undoubtedly has ads from other apps that you have installed on it.

16. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Nope. I dont install app that have ads like BBM. There were many high quality aps that dont have ads like whatsapp, allo, duo, etc.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

First of all, you don’t own a smartphone, so there’s that. Anything else you have to say is irrelevant.

6. kakudiego

Posts: 123; Member since: May 21, 2014

now ALL the BB users can be in one group with few open spots haha

7. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Even if it is two user, that is probably 2 too many that you have as friend. Lol lol lol.

13. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Hahaha... Good one

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

That's a welcome change, I think, which is mostly irrelevant for me, unfortunately... BBM is dead to many former Blackberry Users, and I personally think there's no need to dispute this and try to alter the tides of reality. Back in the days when I was in sales and marketing dept; I used to have a Blackberry Bold with almost 100 BBM contacts . Everyone in the business sector used to have a BBM Pin, it was almost an "unspeakable law" in the business sector to have one; like LinkedIn (With a different scope, of course). About two years ago; I installed BBM on my Nexus and logged-in just to see how many of my contacts are STILL on the platform. None, as it turned out! Anyhow, that's just "my" personal experience. But of course, I'm guilty of lurking outside the boarders of Indonesia... Which is a crime here, I think? Oh well, G'Day!

9. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

I have the same experience with you. All the bussinessman is already stop using BBM because the BBM ads were too aggressive and become annoying. I think its hard for BBM to make a comeback, especially since RCS just around the corner

12. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

“All the bussinessman is already stop using BBM because the BBM ads were too aggressive and become annoying.” “I think its hard for BBM to make a comeback, especially since RCS just around the corner” Really? Tell that to our country Indonesia, where BBM still growing. They must not have got the memo.

14. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Perhaps youre circle of friend is office boy (OB) / office girl (OG). LOL... My circle of friend... GM, CEO certainly not using BBM anymore.

15. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

*Your (that is proper way to spell this word for how you use it) circle of friend is 9 and 10 year old, and only pretend to be GM and CEO during playtime at school. You have no counter for truth so you troll instead.

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