BlackBerry pushes out major update to BBM for BlackBerry 10, iOS and Android

BlackBerry pushes out major update to BBM for BlackBerry 10, iOS and Android
Today is a big day for BBM users regardless of which platform they use. BBM for BlackBerry 10, iOS and Android are all being updated. For iOS and Android, the update includes BBM Voice, which is already on BBM for BlackBerry 10, and will allow users to make free phone calls to other BBM users regardless of platform. After the update, BlackBerry 10, iOS and Android users will be able to share pictures, documents and voice notes with one click.

In addition, BBM for iOS and BBM for Android are both getting BBM Channels. These are basically discussion groups that users can create. Topics can include sports, hobbies, movies, television shows and more. Posting to a channel starts off a discussion and specific chat hours can be posted. BBM subscribers are alerted whenever there is a new post on a channel they follow. BlackBerry is hoping to monetize Channels by allowing companies to open a channel for a brand or specific product.

The update adds location sharing, powered by Glympse. This tool allows a BBM subscriber to share his location with specific members, for a certain period of time. This is perfect for those times when you're running late and you want those you are supposed to meet, to be able to follow your progress to the meeting place in real time. The beauty of Glympse is that you set the period of time that your location is available for others to see. Once the time you set has expired, your whereabouts become private once again.

With the update to BBM, users receive support for Dropbox. This is a cloud based storage application that allows you to send files from your personal Dropbox account to your BBM contacts, and save files from BBM to your Dropbox account. Lastly, the update adds 100 new emoticons, bringing the total number to 200. Some of the new emoticons were based on drawings submitted by BBM subscribers.

The update is available to BlackBerry 10 users from BlackBerry World, Android users from the Google Play Store, and iOS users from the App Store. Before the end of the year, BBM Video is expected to be added to the messaging app, allowing BBM subscribers to have video chats with other members.


via: Crackberry

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