BBM’s official Twitter account sent out a little tease this morning that promises “something new” is on the way along with the picture posted above. While the tweet is clearly meant to reveal as little as possible, the icon they showed off could give us an idea as to what they could potentially be working on and I think they both point to Android.
In my opinion, it could be one of two things: BBM for Android is finally getting a UI makeover and the new look will support Android Lollipop’s Material Design. Or, BBM is adding text messages back into the mix like it had once upon a time on BBOS. Frankly, it could be both or neither.
Something new is coming… pic.twitter.com/VGIwMeqEcS
— BBM (@BBM) May 29, 2015
The BBM team has done a tremendous job with BBM for iPhone’s makeover and now that app genuinely looks like it belongs in the App Store. It’s time BBM for Android gets the same love and it still features the BB10 look and gestures that look incredibly out of place on an Android device.
On the other hand, adding text messaging integration to BBM would be incredibly useful on BBM for Android specifically. It would put BBM on par with the likes of Hangouts, for example, that allows users to make it their default SMS app if they choose to. I don’t really see a need to integrate text messaging into BBM on BlackBerry 10 because all these text messages are already organized well in the Hub alongside emails, BBMs; etc. One thing is for sure, I hope whatever is coming is free to use.
BBM really needs to add new features that don’t require a subscription. Timed messages, message retractions, and custom BBM PINs are well and good, but if this “something new” is another paid feature, I can imagine a lot of people are going to be annoyed. We get that there’s money to be made, but let’s not go over the top here.
What do you guys think BBM is bringing to the table in its next update? We want to know, so tell us in the comments!