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WhatsApp Doc? Update to BlackBerry 10 version of messaging app includes new "dark theme"

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WhatsApp Doc? Update to BlackBerry 10 version of messaging app includes new
With BBM now available for iOS and Android, and a Windows Phone version apparently on the way, BlackBerry users might feel compelled to stick with BBM when it comes to messaging. Still, that doesn't mean that there aren't other options for 'Berry users to consider. One of the choices is WhatsApp, which has recently agreed to join Team Zuckerberg. Facebook is purchasing WhatsApp for $19 billion, and that valuation has helped make BBM a crown jewel inside BlackBerry. What brings all of this into the light on Wednesday, is an update that BlackBerry 10 users just received for WhatsApp.

The update, now waiting for you inside BlackBerry World, brings what is being called a "dark theme" to those with a device running BlackBerry 10.2.1. Other new features include privacy settings for last seen, status and profile picture; additional multi-select options on the chats list, additional options for clearing and deleting conversations; an updated appearance for the chat bubble, bug fixes and the addition of support for the Russian language.

It is interesting how BlackBerry considers the use of PINs instead of usernames to be a positive for BBM users, while WhatsApp decries the use of PINs and says that its use of phone numbers makes it easier to use. BlackBerry touts PINs as a more secure way to get in touch with a fellow BBM subscriber.

WhatsApp is a free download for BlackBerry 10 users, although there is a 99 cent annual charge for its use after the first year.

source: WhatsApp via Crackberry

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