Earlier this morning, RIM let us know in a press release announcement that they would be rolling out a new BBM update. BBM 6.1.0.49 update has now started to push to users.

What’s new in this build:

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Support for BlackBerry Tag is just one of a number of enhancements in the updated BBM app(version 6.1) being released today. Additional features allow users to personalize their experience even more with support for animated avatars (animated GIFs)2, a dozen new and fun emoticons to spice up conversations, and the ability to customize chat bubbles with different colors. In addition, the new BBM app allows users to add customized personal messages of up to 160 characters in their online Profile, more than double the length supported in previous versions. Users can also now set the picture for their BBM avatar directly from the camera app – simply snap a picture and select “Set as BBM Display Picture” from the menu.

If the update hasn’t been pushed to you yet, you can look for it in App World here.