The BBM community now proudly boasts of 91 million monthly active users across different platforms worldwide, but that doesn’t mean the work to make BBM better is slowing down; far from it actually. Today, BlackBerry is giving us a preview of what we can expect in future updates through the means of a beta version of BBM, which is now available for download. Keeping in mind consumer feedback, the following features will be introduced to BBM in the coming weeks:
- A new sticker picker to make it faster and easier to browse, select, and use the sticker packs you love
- High Quality image transfers by default – no more need to request an HQ image
- Plus, Android users will be able to share what they’re listening to with their BBM contacts through BBM status updates
In the last couple of months we’ve seen significant updates and improvements brought to BBM. BBM Protected having been launched for BBOS and BlackBerry 10 devices, a significant number of customers adopted BBM protected in industries where security is priority – namely defense, national/international security, and finance.
Numerous updates to BBM for Android, iOS, and BlackBerry have consistently improved user experience in the last year. Two major updates brought in a revamped file attachment process, and an improved and simplified way to send and receive BBM invites. The BBM Shop hasn’t been neglected either – it now boasts of 55 sticker packs, with two new packs being added every week.
This year also saw the introduction of BBM for Windows Phone, a gigantic step in taking BBM cross platform – BBM was only available for Android and iOS devices for a long time.
September saw the announcement of two new BBM payment initiatives – an enhanced BBM Money service in Indonesia, and integration with TransferTo which allowed BBM users to gift mobile airtime minutes to their BBM contacts worldwide. More recently, a new integration between HootSuite and BBM Channels, which allows Channel users to interact with their subscribers alongside other social networks through the HootSuite social media management platform, was launched.
BBM is one messenger that is simple yet effectively organized, with a smooth UI that makes the user’s experience all the more better. This, however, is restricted to one-to-one chats, with BBM groups leaving a lot to be desired. In-line images, stickers, and file attachments, voice notes, and perhaps even intra-group voice/video calls could go a long way in enhancing the BBM Groups experience for the user. The delivered/read notification is one of the elements of BBM that is a favourite among users, and adding that would significantly improve BBM Groups. How satisfied are you as a BBM user? What new features would you like to see? Let us know in the comments section below.
Make sure you check out BlackBerry’s full post on BBM’s fall preview by clicking the source link below.