BlackBerry overhauls BBM's UI in latest update, makes it more friendly to use

BlackBerry overhauls BBM's UI in latest update, makes it more friendly to use
Since the launch of BlackBerry Messenger, the application has gone through many design changes meant to turn it into the perfect instant messenger. The most recent BBM update completely overhauls the app's UI with the sole purpose of making it “more fun and friendly to use.”

BlackBerry included new experiences for BBM users to try out, such as tweaks and optimizations that enhance the app's functionality. For starters, BBM users can now see how many unread messages they have at a glance with new number badges.

Also, BBM now allows users to optimize their reading and shopping experiences with a more efficient webview UI. For those who use the Discover, BlackBerry added a ton of new ways to engage with this feature and share their favorite services.

Moreover, BlackBerry Messenger enables users to participate in polls and interact with brand pages they follow. Some improvements to privacy and security settings have been added too.

The update was pushed to Google Play Store last week, but many users are just starting to receive it. The new BBM update is available on Android only.

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33 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's actually a company called Emtek that has done all of this, as they are responsible for the Android and iOS version of BBM (consumer versions) through a licensing deal. BlackBerry handles the enterprise version of BBM (BB10 and BBM Enterprise). Anyway, I'm loving the optimizarions and enhanced functionality that this update has brought to BBM on my PRIV. BBM is the best IM client, imo.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

BBM is a great platform for people who don't want to use a blackberry device. And it's usable on all platforms with a plethora of useful features, provided the other party has BBM, otherwise it just won't be a replacement for sms.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

It was never meant to be a replacement for SMS, and there are most IM clients require the other party to have the same IM client.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

But we are talking about BBM, not other IM clients.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

And? None of what I said was false. Many other IM clients require both parties to have said clients, and BBM was never meant to be a replacement for SMS.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And that means it's irrelevant. iMessage can be used by devices like the iPad and ipod touch, yet functions as the default SMS client on the iPhone.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

iMessage is not cross-platform. You're making less and less sense.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

As Crispin already said, you're making less and less sense, if that's even possible, considering that you've never made sense to begin with. iMessage isn't cross-platform, and only works on Apple devices. It was intended to be used an sms client for Apple devices. BBM was never intended to be used as an sms client, and is cross-platform. Your entire comment is irrelevant.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I never said anything about it being cross-platform. Pay attention to the details next time. You're just not understanding what the point is and it shows.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

I never said that you did. Pay attention to details next time. You're just not understanding how the only point you have is out of ignorance, and even Crispin has called you out again on your BS.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So why the fck did you mention it? I know, because you're backtracking and grasping at the straws. And then you're jock riding like a sad lapdog. Only reason Crispin even puts up with you is because you are a blackberry fan, although I'm pretty sure he's reeling at being lumped in the same group that you are in.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

So why the fck did you mention "usable on all platforms" if you were talking about iMessage, knowing full well that it's only usable on Apple products? And you're jock riding Crispin hard, as well as being afraid of him. The only reason that Crispin puts up with your admitted ignorance is because he thinks you're a joke and you amuse him, although it's pretty evident know that he's getting tired of your ignorant BS and backtracking.

29. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I was referring to BBM you idiot. Are you really this intellectually challenged? Stop deflecting by bringing him up just because I'm getting the best of you.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

ROTFLMAO!! Do continue to contradict yourself from one comment to the next. I'm thoroughly enjoying how you keep making yourself look like a ridiculously retarded idiot that's also afraid of Crispin.

16. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Say what my nig? It's on your very first post. "And it's usable on all platforms with a plethora of useful features, provided the other party has BBM, otherwise it just won't be a replacement for sms."

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, he's busted.

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Hey dunce, you are aware I was referring to iMessage, or are you too illiterate to see that?

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Hey stupid, you couldn't be referring to iMessage as "usable on all platforms", because we all know that it isn't, or are you too illiterate to see what you have typed?

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I forgot how mentally challenged you are. Perhaps you should just give up now because this fking argument is done.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, perhaps YOU should give up now, because the more you comment, the more you make yourself look like contradicting buffoon.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You know I was talking about iMessage, right? I wasn't talking about BBM. Sorry Crispin, but you're wrong on this one. You're making It get too giddy.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, stop lying and BS backtracking. Why would you be talking about iMessage being usable on all platforms when you know it can only be used on Apple products? There's no way that you can change the facts around to suit your BS false narrative this time. What you said is in digital ink for all to see.

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I never at once said iMessage can be used on other platforms you twit. I was using it as an example of a sms client that can be used to send messages to other iDevices that aren't connected to cellular networks. You are clearly incapable of seeing the point. I'm done arguing with you back and forth in this article for days on end. Get a fcking hobby or something.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, you just contradicted yourself big time. You just said, and I quote: "Hey dunce, you are aware I was referring to iMessage, or are you too illiterate to see that?" concerning the comments that both Crispin and myself challenged. It's right here in digital ink for everyone to see. Don't run away now because you've been embarrassed because you made yourself look like an ignorant @$$. I'm enjoying it. ;D

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Dude, you're really itching to start another flame war. It's ridiculous to even mention that the other party has to have BBM. Every. Single. IM. Client. Requires. The. Other. Party. To. Have. The. App. As. Well. SMS/MMS is ubiquitous and only requires a cellular signal. However, you can't do group messaging if you're on a feature phone and believe it or not, many people still have them. Enter IM clients which are more full-featured and many are available on feature phones and/or web-based.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Which is why I said BBM is a very robust platform with a plethora of useful features such as the one you mentioned above. I'm not trying to start a flame war, and if you are referring to jplightning/MG, he is going to go against what I say regardless of what I say.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, Crispin just put you in your place about and now you're backtracking like the little coward that you are, mxyzbatmite.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He didn't, but thank you for confirming that you are just going against what I said just because I said it.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

He did, and you're too afraid to even respond to him. And thank you for confirming your ignorance in this article.

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol, what makes you think I'm afraid to respond to Crispin? You pulled this stunt once before with Darkk and you ended up being wrong in addition to being a CLB.

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