BlackBerry now has 91 million active BBM users; new beta version of BBM available

BlackBerry now has 91 million active BBM users; new beta version of BBM available
Ever since WhatsApp was purchased by Facebook for $19 billion, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been working on growing the subscriber rolls of BBM. Chen opened the messaging service to iOS, Android and Windows Phone users, and added new features like the BBM Store and BBM Stickers. There are currently 55 sticker packs available to BBM users, with two new packs added each week. And in a preview of where BBM could be headed, in Indonesia, BBM Money debuted.

So what is ahead for BBM? With 91 million active members, the next beta version of the messaging app is available from the BlackBerry Beta Zone. And this new version of BBM includes a sticker picker making it easier and faster to select and use a sticker pack. With the new beta version of BBM, there is no need to select an HQ image to transfer, as images will be HQ by default. And with BBM status updates, Android users will be able to share what they are listening to with their BBM contacts.

Eventually, BBM Video and free voice calls will be made available to iOS and Android users. This is supposed to take place some time before the end of the year. Chen has said that he wouldn't turn down $19 billion for BBM. And while that was obviously a comment made with tounge-in-cheek, the BlackBerry CEO does plan on continually building up the messaging application to add value to the entire company.

source: BlackBerry

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23 Comments

1. Tziggy14

Posts: 623; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

BBM is soooo 2007.

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

BBM is great!

23. ATInsider

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

BBM is the Best Instant Messaging Platform in existence.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

BBM is on the rise, even though others thought it would not rise any further. BlackBerry keeps on updating it with new features, and it's the ONLY secure cross-platform instant messaging service available today to the masses. I definitely forsee BBM MAU's increasing to 100 million or more by years end. Kudos, BlackBerry, for a great messaging service!

3. vedraj

Posts: 77; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

If its available for android 2.1 and below then a lot more users are going to use it.

4. vedraj

Posts: 77; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

I am using the Sony Ericsson W8 and soo im stuck with android 2.1 if its made available for android 2.1 like whatsapp ill sure use it..

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

I don't wanna sound like a jackass if the funds are not currently available, but it might be time to upgrade.

5. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yeh all good they have that many users but no one ever chats on the damn thing. They keep asking if I have whatsapp. I dont want whatsapp coz I dont want everyones number just to chat and I definitely dont want everyone havin mine.

7. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

I chat with lots of people through BBM. If it were able to take over or be integrated with the main SMS app, that would make it even better! Now I'm waiting for the inevitable troll line up to come along. Guys like Mxy, JBishops(also known as APiskula), kindlefireowner, green zone and magnum something or other have nothing better to do with their lives except stalk BlackBerry articles and spew nonsense.

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