Display of the latest version of the BBM
BLACKBERRY has launched a new version of its messaging app, BBM, such that what you share is always yours to control, even once it’s left your phone.
The new BBM release is available on iOS, Android and BlackBerry smart phones. With this new release, BBM users can now take advantage of enhanced privacy and control features that allow them to take control over the messages and content that they share without any subscription fees.
BBM users can ‘Retract’ their message and pictures from recipients to take them back from their phone if they were sent as a mistake, or if they no longer wish them to be accessible. Plus, by setting a timer, users can control how long contacts can view messages and pictures that have been shared or communicate their location for only as long as they want to.
“Building on the renowned immediacy, reliability and security inherent to BBM, the new release provides unmatched level of privacy and control to BBM users without any subscription fees,” said Matthew Talbot, Senior Vice President, BBM at BlackBerry. “Keeping control over the messages and content that they share, BBM users can be ensured that what they share is always theirs to control.”
Additional key features include: Forward messages from one chat to another, ability to mute notifications for a multi-person chat on Android, scroll through all pictures shared within a 1:1 or multi-person chat on Android; choose if users want pictures taken within BBM chats saved to their device; video sharing improvements – capture and share larger videos on iOS; redesigned chat screen look and feel on iOS.
Other features include the ability to retract messages in this manner: Multi-select mode to allow multiple messages to be deleted, retracted, or forwarded at once on iOS; retract and edit messages in group chats on BlackBerry 10; retract chat – retract all sent messages when you end a chat on BlackBerry 10 and lastly, Marshmallow (Android 6.0) support.
In a chat with Digital Savvy, Talbot said that the Multi-select mode to allow multiple messages to be deleted, retracted, or forwarded at once on iOS will be “coming soon to Android. We strive to keep all platforms aligned; however, some platforms receive feature updates prior to others.”
Also the “Retract and edit messages in group chats” and “Retract chat – retract all sent messages when you end a chat” added to BlackBerry 10 in this new version, “were already available on Android and iOS, so they were only added to BB10 this past release.”