BlackBerry roll out updates to BBM on BlackBerry, Android and iOS

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BlackBerry have released updates Friday to BBM on BlackBerry 10, Android and iOS. While all three have recently been in beta, they are now officially available to all users.

BBM for BlackBerry 10

A new Privacy and Control subscription has been implemented bringing several powerful features bundled into one essential package.

Private Chat allows you to make sure your sensitive messages are kept confidential. In a private chat, all contact information is hidden, and new message notifications are discreet. Your chat is automatically deleted on both ends when the chat is inactive or closed.

To start a private chat, tap the private chat icon at the top right corner of a 1:1 chat. Private chat is included in the new Privacy and Control Subscription, which bundles several powerful features into one convenient subscription.


Included with this subscription:

  • *New* Private Chat – Chat and share with confidence. In a private chat, contact names are hidden, meaning screenshots are useless. The chat also self destructs after being inactive for a short time. Perfect for the kind of conversations you would usually have in-person.
  • *New* Edit Message – Made a mistake? Now you can retract it, change it, and send your message again
  • Timed Messages and Pictures
  • Retract Messages

All existing Timed and Retracted Messages subscribers will be upgraded to the new Privacy and Control Subscription at no additional cost

Other updates include:

  • Manage your Sticker Collection – Keep your stickers organized. Bring your favorites to the front
  • Quote Message – Reference and reply to a previous message in your chat. To quote a message, tap and hold on it and select “Quote Message”
  • Dynamic font size

BBM for Android
In addition to the privacy control features added to BlackBerry 10, the Android version of BBM gets an all-new look and feel inspired by Material Design.

Android users now also have the ability to update their status directly from their feed.

Finally, BBM for Android brings both Tablet and Landscape support.

BBM for iOS
BBM for iOS also receives the new Privacy and Control subscription.

In addition the BBM for iOS update brings the following:

  • Start chatting with your address book contacts that are already using BBM – No invite required!
  • Broadcast messages can now be sent to specific contact 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.

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