BlackBerry releases betas for Android version of BBM and the BlackBerry Privacy Shade

BlackBerry releases betas for Android version of BBM and the BlackBerry Privacy Shade
Today, BlackBerry has started offering a new beta version of the Android flavored BBM messaging app. Among the new additions are animated stickers. Stickers have come a long way since BBM announced that it would be offering them back in February 2014. You can preview and share animated stickers. There are more than 1,000 packs to choose from, divided into different categories.

With the update, you can now choose a custom BBM PIN for free, and there is "richer video sharing and editing options," You can create and manage discussion groups, and there is a new user-friendly chatting interface that BlackBerry says is fun.

Besides the new BBM for Android beta, BlackBerry today unveiled a new beta of the the BlackBerry Privacy Shade app. This is the security feature that covers up a certain percentage of your screen with a dark black "shade" so that no one can read sensitive information from your display. You get to control how much of the screen is covered. The beta version adds the following new features:

  • You can now toggle the finder outline on or off
  • You can now enable/disable the filter from covering the virtual keyboard

Remember, the changes to both BBM for Android and the BlackBerry Privacy Shade are in the beta versions of the respective apps. While waiting for the beta versions to go live, you can install the current versions of BBM and the BlackBerry Privacy Shade by clicking on the appropriate links below.

Install BBM (BB10|iOS|Android); Install the BlackBerry Privacy Shade (Android)

source: Crackberry (1), (2)



1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22867; Member since: May 28, 2014

Love the fact that BlackBerry is really beginning to kick it into high gear with their apps and software. Their focus on software while others build their hardware has paid off. Keep up the good work, BlackBerry.

2. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Good job blackberry focusing on software development. They should stick with software and stop doing hardware to focus more on their core strengths.

3. docdevices

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

BlackBerry is no longer been "doing" hardware, and for quite sometime now. It has become quite evident that you are a proponent for "willfully ignorant" statements (a term phrased here by the illustrious Meanestgenius) in an effort to engage in a bit of negativity and start trouble in BlackBerry related articles. It has been public knowledge that BlackBerry has discontinued the building of its own hardware since the twilight of last year, but you still endeavor to make comments that erroneously say otherwise. Your mischiefesness in an effort to engage in trouble here are as transparent as the crystal clear waters that surround the Bahamian Islands. When you make your ghastly retort in an effort to backtrack from what you're actually doing and misguide others into thinking that you are innocent here, please keep it between you and I. You have a penchant for trying to attract a certain someone's attention, which I find most discomforting.

4. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You have a penchant for popping up at random, and unsurprisingly you come to comment on something that isn't what you think it is. Your psychoanalysis is a load of bollocks, but I think you already know that. So, are you going to come clean or do I have to do the exposing?

5. docdevices

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Your reaction is exactly as I predicted that it would be. You proceeded to make a statement that contains factually incorrect information, and now you are attempting to retract what is already etched in "stone". You are backtracking in an attempt to appear to be the innocent party now that you have been taken to task, but I know that you already know that. For the record, I peruse many articles here and comment when, and where, I choose to. Have you not made a similar boast? Now, are you going to take the mature adult route and actually admit to what you consistently do on multiple articles here, or do I have to assign myself to taking you to task for your actions of ignorance and expose you further?

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3192; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Good luck talking sense into that boy. I've tried the nice way and it just don't stick.

8. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I don't think you see it.

9. docdevices

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

He sees what is the obvious truth. That is something, unfortunately, that you do not see.

11. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

The obvious truth is that you are just another personality.

7. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You commented on a few articles, a few that I happened to comment on as well. You think you are clever, but you aren't. You are clearly hiding an ulterior motive. I think the question is do you want me to expose you?

10. docdevices

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Your attempt to misguide others from the actual facts is noted. However, no one is going to believe the fallacies that you are attempting to portray as truths. You are not "slick". You are not "clever". Your attempts at misdirection are only affecting you, as any individual with a pair of eyes can see what your true intentions are on these articles. The better question is, do you want me to continue to expose you for the ignorant, fallacy driven trolling individual that you truly are?

12. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Sure thing. Go on ahead and "expose" me while I continue to bust a gut laughing at you because you are just that transparent. You really don't think I don't know what your game plan is?

13. docdevices

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

As ever, your simpleton response is nothing more than an attempt to misdirect others from the factual evidence about you and what you are doing. You are a prime example of why this generation of youth exudes the aura of "no hope".

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