The latest version of BlackBerry Messenger has quite a few features added to it that you may have seen if you are a member of Beta Zone.

Here’s a quick rundown of the new features in both BBM and BBM Protected.

  • Start chatting with your address book contacts that are already using BBM – No invite required!
  • We’ve bundled timed pictures, timed messages and retracted messages into a new BBM Subscription.
  • Broadcast messages can now be sent to specific categories.
  • Manage your Stickers – Choose which sticker packs are displayed in your Sticker Picker.
  • Improved Voice Chat experience.\nYou now have the option to block receiving messages from a multi-person chat.

BBM Protected Updates:

  • Support auto passphrase in BBM Protected Groups so users don’t have to manually enter a passphrase
  • Address file/picture transfer issues under BBM Protected and Protected Plus
  • Improvements to Protected manual passphrase exchange – Requires both contacts to be running v2.8 on iOS and Android or v10.8 on BlackBerry 10

You should receive notification of this new version pretty soon, if not you can check it out in BlackBerry World.