BBM for iOS gets an upgrade, brings Broadcast messaging to specific categories and more

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Last week, BlackBerry released an update to BBM for BlackBerry 10 and Android that brought a much needed improvement in broadcast messaging, allowing users to send broadcast messages to specific categories.

The corresponding upgrade has now been released for iOS users.

BlackBerry are insistant on pushing emails while more successful, competitive apps are doing things with phone numbers. With that view, this update allows you to send and receive messages with email contacts in your address book that are not yet BBM contacts.

You can now annoy, sorry send or receive bbm messages to contacts who have email addresses but who aren’t BBM contacts.  That contact will then recveive a BBM invitation by email.

What’s New in BBM for BlackBerry 10

  • Start chatting with your address book contacts that are already using BBM – No invite required!
  • Bundled timed pictures, timed messages and retracted messages into a new BBM Subscription.
  • Broadcast messages can now be sent to specific categories.
  • Manage your Stickers – Choose which sticker packs are displayed in your Sticker Picker.
  • Multi-person chats can now be started from specific contact categories.
  • Save your chats to iCloud – perfect for switching devices or upgrading.
  • iPad support
  • Improved Voice Chat experience.
  • You now have the option to block receiving messages from a multi-person chat.

BBM Protected Updates:

  • Support auto passphrase in BBM Protected Groups so users don’t have to manually enter a passphrase
  • Address file/picture transfer issues under BBM Protected and Protected Plus
  • Improvements to Protected manual passphrase exchange – Requires both contacts to be running v2.8 on iOS and Android or v10.8 on BlackBerry 10

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