Latest BBM update is out of beta, ready to be installed on your iOS or Android phone

Latest BBM update is out of beta, ready to be installed on your iOS or Android phone
BBM used to be one of the only reasons to buy a BlackBerry. So when CEO John Chen decided to open up the messaging app to iOS and Android users, the executive was taking a big risk. Remember, this was before the release of the BlackBerry Priv, the first 'Berry to be powered by Android. But Chen wasn't too concerned with losing hardware sales because he was already looking at BlackBerry as a software company.

He knew he was on the right track when Facebook paid $21.8 billion to buy WhatsApp. If the latter was worth almost $22 billion, Chen reasoned that BBM had to be worth a few billion. And by allowing iOS and Android users to have access to BBM, it meant many more eyeballs would be staring at the app. More eyeballs equals more members, and more members equals a higher valuation.

An updated version of the app is now out of beta and is ready to be installed on your iOS or Android flavored phone. To update your BBM app, visit the App Store or the Google Play Store, depending on which OS your phone uses. Among the changes are:

  • Everyone's favorite (classic) BBM Emoji's are back!
  • BBM QR code scanner now scans all QR codes (open offers, promos or websites).
  • Voice notes & large messages now supported in groups.
  • View your friend's timeline of past photo and avatar updates by clicking on their avatar in feeds or channel comments.
  • Send images or videos without compression by sending as a file.
  • Improved groups setup and invite processes.
  • Bug fixes.

If you haven't installed BBM on your iOS or Android phone, click on the appropriate link: (iOS|Android).

source: Crackberry




1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

So damn happy that the Classic BBM Emoji are back. Those other ones were horrible. This is a pretty sweet update for BBM overall, too. Best IM client, IMO.


Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Agree with you, MeanestGenius. BBM is best messenger client. The original emojis brought back is a welcome sight.

5. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

At one point , I had over 400 contacts on BBM , Today hardly a few. Sad truth. Everyone's moved to Whatsapp.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

Obviously not everyone, as BBM has over 60 million monthly active users in Indonesia alone. And I personally have over 200 contacts on BBM. BTW, I do not use Whatsapp, nor does anyone I know.

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

BBM has been, and always will be, my only choice for IM. My feelings were cemented on a recent flight where I had access to Wi-Fi courtesy of T-Mobile. The only form of communication I had available was BBM voice to call my wife and set a pick up time at the airport. Skype didn't work, native Wi-Fi calling didn't work and neither did Whatsapp or FB Messenger. Only "old reliable" was up to the task, no wonder serious pros depend on BlackBerry services.

4. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Was it beta before i think i had normal version

10. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Latest BBM have too many ads (compared to WA). And all my friend already moved on to WA, only less than 5 who have both WA & BBM.


Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

What you say is anecdotal. I have friends and family from Indonesia that all use BBM. That is anecdotal, too. What is not anecdotal is BBM is most used message client in Indonesia, even more than whatsapp.

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