BlackBerry streamlines look and feel of BBM app on Android and iOS devices


BlackBerry's BBM application has gone through significant changes over the years, but it has rarely received a major update that touches on so many aspects of the app like the one that's been released recently.

Even the team behind BBM confirmed they had been hard at work over the last few months working on the new version of the application. The new version of BBM brings some updates to the look and feel, mostly for iOS, but also for Android.

In addition, BlackBerry added a new chatbot API, more analytics for its partners, spam reporting, as well as the ability for BBM users to add a phone number to their profiles.

The iOS version of BBM received the most changes, so if you're using the app on an iPhone, then you will notice the Chats, Contacts, Feeds, Contacts and Discover icons have been updated to make it easier to navigate through the navigation menu.

A couple of tweaks have been implemented too, so you'll now find that BBM Channels have been moved from main navigation to BBM Discover screen, while the Discover icon has been relocated on the main navigation menu.

The user profile picture, PIN and other detail on one's settings have been grouped together under the “Me” menu. There's also a new gesture that will allow you to mute conversations by swiping left on items in the chat list.

Both Android and iOS users will now be able to so a combined view of Groups and multi-person chats, along with a new Discover menu in list format, as opposed to a grid of icons view available in previous versions of BBM.

Also, when Android users now update their profile pictures, they will show up as a full image in the feeds of other people. All the new features and many others have been added in the latest version of BBM, which is already available for download via Google Play and App Store.

source: BBM via CrackBerry

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17 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Nice, now if only they'd implement SMS and quick-response support...

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Doubt you'll see sms support for BBM, due to security reasons. Anything can happen, but I doubt that will.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Didn't they already have it implemented on BB10? Not sure why they can't do similarly here...

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not sms support. Quick response, yes.

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They had it in bbos for sure but I don't think it was there for bb10

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

So you want Blackberry to take a peek at your SMS too...? Really...? Ha! These betrayers provided a back gate to feds into BBM, look it up... And yet they just can't stop bragging about security, 256-bit AES encryption and God knows what... Bloody hypocrites... Atleast What'sApp stand by its users and don't spill the beans to feds... Look how well they held ground against Brazilian Supreme Court... Blackberry intentionally made BBM with a back gate to facilitate the government while betraying its loyal user base... And that Chen happily hand over the keys:http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2454771/canadian-police-had-access-to-blackberry-messenger-pretty-much-like-everyone-else Atleast What'sApp has end to end encryption whereas BBM Messages are encrypted on RIM servers and hence they've access to PLAIN TEXT AND PICS...! Oh well, Keep drinking the Blackberry's security and encryption Kool-Aid, gents...! G'Day!

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

You really need to lay off the sauce. Whatsapp is not secure, and they most definitely "spill the beans". They're owned by FACEBOOK. OF COURSE they give away user data. Your drunken tirade against BlackBerry has forced you to lose all reason. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jan/13/whatsapp-backdoor-allows-snooping-on-encrypted-messages BlackBerry also put to rest the falsehood of the Canadian Police ever having access to BBM: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/blackberry-john-chen-key-decryption/ I don't know what or how BlackBerry has injured you so much that you've become an incessant troll, but you really ought to thoroughly research the crap you spew so you don't get embarrassed by the facts. You're completely uninformed if you think that any company that's owned by Facebook is secure. But keep on drinking the BlackBerry Haterade if you feel that it gives your twilight years some actual meaning, and don't let something as simple as the truth get in the way of your twisting the facts to suit your own false narrative.

11. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Fluent in the arts of Fact-Fu I see. Destroying these Alternative Facts trolls.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

@BobbyDigital Yep! Don't know why he thought that he could spread BS like no one will correct him on it, but he learned that it's not going down like that.

10. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Need some ointment for that burn there buddy? Looks like it hurts bad.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Absolutely loving the way BBM continues to be updated with better functionality and more feature. Best IM client, as far as I'm concerned. I'm especially interested to see further development for the use of Chatbots.

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! BBM, eh? It's amazing that I still remember BBM as I've stopped using is AGES ago and I can say the same about all of my BBM contacts who have since migrated to either iMessage or What'sApp... To me, The only people who use BBM and love to flash their clunky Blackberries with physical keyboard around are either Hipsters or the ones who like to play... Business Man...! Hey, look at me... I've got a QWERTY 'Berry so I'm important and busy... Besides, it's security and 256-Bit encryption is nothing but FAKE and PHONEY: NO SECRETS ON BLACKBERRY:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2126277/No-secrets-Blackberry-Security-services-intercept-data-government-gets-way-messenger-service.html So... To sum it up, if you're using BBM then you're not only a Hipster or a BB Fanboy, but also an idiot...! Privacy is a privilage... No one likes goverment sniffing his underwears...! Blackberry has betrayed its users... And I don't care about betrayers... They can go... Well, wherever they want for all I bloody care... G'Day!

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

You really should be spending your twilight years doing something more constructive with your time, instead of trolling BlackBerry articles with cherry-picked information: http://blogs.blackberry.com/2016/04/lawful-access-corporate-citizenship-and-doing-whats-right/ It's no secret that BlackBerry has always stood by LAWFUL REQUESTS for information. BlackBerry doesn't just allow anyone to have access to certain information for the hell of it, nor do they have backdoors like Whatsapp does. Since you have now become a raving, fanatical S-$#33p, all common sense has left your body. So allow me to impart some wisdom to you: If you're using Google's Android and think that your personal information is safe and not being used with or without your knowledge, you are dumber than dirt with the judgement of jelly. I guess old age can really be cruel to you, especially as it pertains to your faculties, because you are losing them faster than you are losing what's left of your teeth and hair.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

"If you're using Google's Android and think that your personal information is safe and not being used with or without your knowledge, you are dumber than dirt with the judgement of jelly" Same can be said for any phone oem especially when it's attached to a carrier

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Of course it can. That's a given.

15. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

"If you're using Google's Android and think that your personal information is safe and not being used with or without your knowledge, you are dumber than dirt with the judgement of jelly" Same can be said for any phone oem especially when it's attached to a carrier

12. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Two ass kickings in one post?? Lmao!! Just stop it with the Alternative Facts dude. G'Day!

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