Blackberry has updated its Instant Messaging service BBM for iPhone and Android. The update adds many new features to the cross-platform messaging app. Blackberry back in December announced that new features are coming to iOS and Android. Now Blackberry has released an update for BBM by adding Voice Calls, BBM Channels, Dropbox integration , New Emoticons and more.
With BBM Voice you can make free calls* to BBM contacts anywhere in the world using your Wi-Fi® or data connection. When a BBM contact is available for a BBM Voice call you’ll see a green icon in the top right hand corner of your chat. To call them, simply touch the green icon and your call will be connected.
BBM Channels lets users chat with other BBM users about topics that interest them. Users can join channels about a range of topics from products, hobbies and sports to entertainment, fashion, cars and more. Channels can be created by brands, businesses and BBM users alike and are a great way to communicate directly and immediately with people who share common interests in the broader BBM community
BBM which is now updated to v2.0, its Official changelog from iTunes Store:
With great new features like BBM Voice, BBM Channels and all new ways to share, there’s more ways than ever before to BBM me.
· BBM Voice – Free voice calls between BBM contacts
· BBM Channels – join conversations happening now with BBM users, brands, businesses, communities and more
· Faster, easier sharing – quickly add photos, voice notes, files and attachments to your BBM chats from your smartphone or Dropbox account
· Location sharing – Share your location temporarily, powered by Glympse. Your location is updated live on a map, right in BBM. When the timer runs out your location is private again.
· 100 new emoticons – Get your point across with great new emojis
· Find Friends – Quickly find and add new BBM contacts from your smartphone contact list
· Larger BBM Groups – You can now chat and share with 50 people in your BBM Group
Apart from BBM Voice and BBM Channels, Dropbox integration lets users share attachments directly from the app. There are more than 100 new emoji to spice up the chat ;). Now groups are larger, you can add upto 50 members in a group. With the new version you can also share your location.
Here’s a new Promo Video:
BBM is available for free on Apple App Store and Google Play Store. It is compatible on iPhone and iPad running iOS 6 and later, and on Android 4.0 or later. You can update the app or download from App Store or Google Play Store.