BBM updates its Android app allowing users to retract sent pictures, and more

BBM updates its Android app allowing users to retract sent pictures, and more
BBM was such an important part of the BlackBerry experience at one time, that it still is hard to imagine the messaging app being available for other platforms. Speaking of which, BBM for Android was updated today after the new version was left incubating in the Beta Zone for a while. The update allows Android users sporting BBM on their handset, to catch up to those with the iOS and BlackBerry 10 variants of the app.

So what new features does the update bring to the Android version of BBM? How about the ability to search your BBM chats, contacts, groups and channel. With the update, you can now "Like" posts in your BBM feed, and delete from your phone unwanted messages in your chats. If you want to learn someone's location, you can use Glympse to request it, and certain contacts can now receive messages that you broadcast to them.

BBM allows users to retract messages that they sent, but wished they hadn't. The new update adds the ability to retract pictures (you know which ones we mean!), retract all sent messages in a chat, and retract and edit messages in multi-person and group chats. And of course, the update includes the usual bug fixes and performance enhancements.

If you haven't yet received the update for the Android version of BBM, you can see if it has arrived by heading to the Google Play Store. Click on the hamburger menu on the top left, and open My apps and games. If you never installed the app on your phone, you can do so by clicking on the sourcelink. While there are in-app purchases available, BBM is free to download and install on your device.

source: BBM (Android|iOS|BB10|) via Crackberry



1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22396; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's good to see that BlackBerry is keeping BBM fresh and full of new features. Updates that improve overall performance and that add new features to an app are always welcome, from any vendor/developer/OEM.

2. bambamboogy02

Posts: 841; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I use BBM everyday. Best messaging app.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22396; Member since: May 28, 2014

Definitely agree. I use it daily as well, multiple times a day.

4. Cyberchum

Posts: 1099; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This feature, alongside retractable chat message like snapchat, is long overdue for whatsapp. I don't know what Facebook is doing delaying it, damn. Would be using Telegram or BBM if not that all my contacts are on whatsapp, and I hate the idea behind PINs.

6. bambamboogy02

Posts: 841; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Pin's seem a little bit of a hassle, but this way I only talk to those who I want to using this app, such as my wife. I don't need everyone messaging me using these apps, they can sms or email me. Plus this has very little impact on battery as well. Not sure of whatsApp or vibers battery drains. Sending pictures back and forth is way quicker than anything else I have used. It's sent compressed, and if they want HD, they can request it. Went on a business trip, took over 30 pics, sent them all, 3 chunks of 10 in under 2 minutes. It was great.

5. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

I was a fan of BBM but I uninstalled it due to lack or promoting it so ment no one uses it.

7. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

BB makes good phones, but I dont like BBM, I had a BB and I never used the BBM, the app was worthless when I had whatsapp available.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22396; Member since: May 28, 2014

BBM is more feature-rich and is more secure than WhatsApp. True, WhatsApp is more popular, but "more popular" doesn't mean it's "better". Not disrespecting your opinion, because you're entitled to it, but BBM offers more.

9. bambamboogy02

Posts: 841; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I agree. If need be, could make a free call over WiFi from anywhere in the world using BBM.

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