We announced yesterday that BBM Stickers was available to download for certain BlackBerry Beta Zone members, with the full version coming to the masses on BlackBerry, iOS and Android in the near future. In true CrackBerry fashion we couldn't not bring you a video showing you what it's all about if you are not a Beta Zone member.
The way this will work is that within BBM you will have access to a BBM Shop where you will be able to purchase sticker packs. There will be some free ones too so you won't need to part with your money if you don't want to which is good to hear.
As you will see in the video - from within a BBM chat, when you press the normal emoticon icon you will have three tabs under the text field. On the left will be the BBM Shop, in the middle are your normal emoticons and over on the right is a tab for stickers. Jump in here are you'll see the stickers you have access to. Packs can be accessed by swiping left and right and you just scroll up and down the stickers until you find the one you want. Give it a press and off it goes - simples.
I do have one criticism for the BlackBerry 10 devices with a hardware keyboard and that is that the amount of space where you view the stickers is very restricted. Of course, this is still in beta and may well change (you hearing me BBM team?), but on the all touch devices this clearly won't be an issue. If I'm choosing a sticker I don't need to be able to see the ongoing chat I'm having with that contact so maybe the sticker space can be increased on the hardware keyboard handsets?
Many have wondered how BlackBerry will make any money out of BBM going cross platform and this is clearly the start as our buddies on iOS and Android will also be able to purchase sticker packs. How much they cost willn is anyones guess but I suspect they will be as cheap as chips.
Overall, a nice new addition to BBM and yet again another step in the right direction for BlackBerry. If you're not a Beta Zone member you can sign up from the following link:
Sign up for the BlackBerry Beta Zone