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BlackBerry Apps | 383 Comments BBM 2.1 now available for BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices As expected, the latest version of BBM will begin rolling out today across BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices. BBM 2.1 brings with it BBM Stickers as well as some new features like pictures in multi-person chats and larger file transfers of up to 16MB. The stickers will be available in both...

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Jun 29, 2015 BBM Money users in Indonesia can now pay for goods and services online and in stores
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BBM Money users in Indonesia can now pay for goods and services online and in stores

While we're still waiting to hear some news about BBM Money for the U.S. and Canada, BlackBerry last week held an event to update media and the Android, BlackBerry and iOS communities in Indonesia on the latest additions to BBM Money that for the first time brings Instant Mobile Payments to users of the app on all major platforms and allows them pay for goods and services online and in stores – regardless of who they bank with.

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Jun 27, 2015 A look at the updated Privacy and Control BBM features
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Yesterday, an update to BBM rolled out for BlackBerry, Android and iOS. The version had been running in BlackBerry Beta Zone for a while and now it is rolling out to everyone. There are a handful of new features to be found in this latest update from Private Chat to the ability to quote messages. We're going to be taking a closer look at these new features.

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Jun 26, 2015 BlackBerry Messenger update makes it easier to control what you share
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BBM adds Privacy and Control Subscription

The latest BBM update brings along with it a new subscription, Privacy and Control, which lets users have even more control over what they are sharing. Replacing Timed and Retracted Messages, Privacy and Control offers users some new features at the same $0.99 a month price tag.

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Jun 15, 2015 BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 update brings 'Private Chat' and Quote Message features
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BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 update brings 'Private Chat' and Quote Message features

Right before the weekend, we saw the BBM for iOS beta get updated with some new features and now, it's time for the BlackBerry 10 BBM beta to get updated. Just as with the iOS release, the latest BBM beta appearing in the BlackBerry Beta Zone for BlackBerry 10 brings the new private chat feature plus, the ability to reorder your sticker packs without having to use a flaky workaround method and finally, the ability to reference and reply to a previous message in your chat using a new quote feature.

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Jun 12, 2015 Latest BBM for iOS beta brings 'Private Chat' feature through Privacy and Control subscription
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BBM for iOS Beta

If you have an iOS device and have been testing out BBM through the Beta Zone, you'll want to ensure you get yourself updated the latest release through TestFlight as BlackBerry has sent out invites for v290.100.0.14. The biggest addition this time around is the introduction of 'Private Chat', which BlackBerry has bundled with the Timed Message and Retraction subscription to create a new package called Privacy and Control.

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Jun 04, 2015 CrackBerry Asks: Have you been put off purchasing BBM Sticker packs due to their price?
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Just the other day I once again found myself browsing through the impressive selection of BBM Sticker packs that we now have sitting proudly in the BBM Shop. We've asked CrackBerry readers before if they are using stickers, but this time around I was interested to see if you were put off purchasing Sticker packs because of the price?

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Jun 01, 2015 BBM for Android beta gets Material Design update
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BBM for Android beta gets Material Design update

Last week BlackBerry teased something new was coming and while there was much speculation over what it would be, we can now put it to rest. As noted on the Inside BlackBerry blog, a new beta is filtering through the Beta Zone for those making use of an Android device and beta testing BBM that finally brings Android Material Design to the app, something BlackBerry committed to bringing several months ago.

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May 29, 2015 BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 and iOS updated in the Beta Zone
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BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 and iOS updated in the Beta Zone

Aside from their teasing of something new coming on Twitter, the BBM team has also gone ahead and released two new BBM beta versions into the BlackBerry Beta Zone. Between the two new releases, there's ultimately two new features that have been added overall. We've got the rundown for each release.

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May 20, 2015 BBM for iOS beta v2.9.0.6 improves timed message and message retraction features
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BBM for iOS beta v2.9.0.6 improves timed message and message retraction features

When new features get added to BBM, BlackBerry seemingly rolls them out to iOS beta releases first for whatever reason and that appears to the case once again. A new BBM for iOS beta has arrived with plenty of bug fixes and some improvements to the timed message and message retraction features available through subscriptions.

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May 07, 2015 BBM for Windows Phone snags Channel support in latest update
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BBM for Windows Phone snags Channel support in latest update

BlackBerry has pushed an update to BBM for Windows Phone today that finally adds access to the Channels feature. After making its debut in the beta version of BBM not too long ago, Channels are finally in the main app for everyone to enjoy.

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May 06, 2015 BlackBerry brings targeted audience options to BBM Channels
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BlackBerry brings targeted audience options to BBM Channels

Despite there being no official announcement, BlackBerry has recently added a pretty awesome feature to BBM Channels. Channel owners who use the online portal can now precisely target audiences they want to see particular updates and posts made to a channel. You can set targeting by a few different options such as demographic, geo-targetting as well as platform targeting.

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Apr 30, 2015 BlackBerry lowers BBM Custom PIN pricing for a limited time!
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BlackBerry lowers BBM Custom PIN pricing for a limited time!

To go along with their device sale, BlackBerry is also offering a bit of a sale through their BBM Shop as well wherein you can grab a custom BBM PIN of your own for only 99 cents. Although some may have taken advantage of this offer earlier as it seemingly appeared early accidentally, BlackBerry has now made it official and is even offering those who paid $1.99 for a custom PIN to update their subscription to the new pricing.

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Apr 26, 2015 Having issues with BBM Channels? Be sure to grab the latest BBM
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Having issues with BBM Channels? Be sure to grab the latest BBM

While a big update to BBM was rolled out two days ago, some folks have reported issues with BBM Channels wherein Channels weren't fully loading or comments couldn't be posted to channels. BlackBerry quickly fixed the issue by releasing another small update to BBM, but it looks as though some folks never fully got the notification for that release and as such are still running the initial update which has the problems present.

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Apr 24, 2015 How to hide BBM Sticker packs
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For many heavy BBM Sticker users, the option we now have to hide unwanted packs is awesome. If you tend not to use Stickers you'll probably be wondering what all the fuss is about. I'll explain.

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Apr 15, 2015 BBM beta update brings the ability to hide sticker packs, bug fixes
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BBM beta update brings the ability to hide sticker packs, bug fixes

The BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 has been updated today, and while it isn't a huge update, it does bring along the ability to hide sticker packs, which, as BlackBerry notes, could come in handy for packing away those seasonal packs.

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Apr 11, 2015 BBM beta for Windows Phone snags a slew of bug fixes in latest update
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BlackBerry has rolled out an update to its BBM beta app on Windows Phone today, and while it doesn't bring any fancy new features, it does include a whole slew of bug fixes.

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Apr 10, 2015 Multiple admin feature for BBM Channels now available
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Multiple admin feature for BBM Channels now available

Back at the beginning of March, BlackBerry pushed out an update to BBM and one of the highlights of that specific release was a mention of the ability to have multiple BBM Channel contributors through the BBM Channels online portal. For whatever reason, that function never appeared, and it was never mentioned again. That left many people wondering where it went and while we still don't have an answer for that, it has now finally gone live. As expected, it's fairly easy to add a new contributor to your channel.

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Apr 08, 2015 Users sticking around longer for BBM than WhatsApp and Snapchat
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BBM gets users to stick around longer than WhatsApp and Snapchat

BBM retains more users than most other mobile messaging apps, according to new data published by mobile analytics group Quettra. Measured against 22 messaging apps, including WhatsApp, Snapchat, and WeChat, BBM held on to 93% of its users after 30 days. The app also experienced higher user loyalty after the 60 and 90-day marks, according to BlackBerry:

As reported by The Information and CNBC, BBM held onto more than 93% of its users after 30 days, more than double the 43% average user retention after 30 days for all apps measured. After 60 days, 89% of BBM users remained loyal, and 82% after 90 days. Only Facebook Messenger ranked higher than BBM.

These high retention numbers aren't really surprising. Just last month, BBM crossed 100 million downloads from Google Play, though it should be noted that a number of BBM's competitors share similarly high download numbers, without experiencing the same loyalty from users. Recent updates to the app have also added many long-requested features, including custom BBM PINs and support for Android Wear.

Source: BlackBerry

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Apr 06, 2015 New BBM beta offers the ability chat with people outside of your BBM contacts
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New BBM beta offers the ability chat with people outside of your BBM contacts

UPDATE - A new Android beta has now also been pushed out with the exact same addition of the ability to chat with people outside of your BBM contact list.

With warning given well ahead that a new BBM beta was expected, the BlackBerry Beta Zone has now sent out emails to those who are a part of the BBM beta group and there're some interesting changes to be found. Both iOS and BlackBerry 10 have been updated with one identical feature, but the iOS version has few additional options as well as more bug fixes and more 'known issues' within the beta.

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Apr 02, 2015 As the BBM Shop turns one year old, BlackBerry shares some stats on its use
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BBM Shop turns one year old, BlackBerry share some stats on its use

In addition to the BlackBerry World celebrations, the BBM Shop is also celebrating its one year of existence and over at the Inside BlackBerry Blog, Matthew Talbot, Senior Vice President - Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry has shared some stats on its level of usage and offers some insight on just how many people are out there actually buying and using stickers for BBM.

Stickers Sent (since April 1, 2014):

  • More than 1.87 billion total
  • Currently 500 million per month
  • 20 percent of sticker-enabled users send at least 1 sticker per week
  • The average sticker user sends about 10 stickers per week

BBM Shop:

  • More than 1.5 billion total visits
  • Currently 250 million per month
  • Inventory of more than 250 items
  • Average BBM Shop user visits about 3 times per week

BBM Shop Momentum

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The blue line shows the number of stickers sent, while the green-blue line shows the number of shop visits, which BlackBerry attributes to more, better products and improving features like the 'Picker'.

As we learned from interviews with BlackBerry CEO John Chen after the latest earnings report, BlackBerry still has plenty planned for the monetization of BBM and the BBM Shop and as the blog post notes, more improvements to the BBM Shop experience are coming this year. We'll just have to wait and see what they are.

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Mar 30, 2015 New BBM beta arriving this week will introduce message retraction and timed message subscriptions
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If you're looking in the BBM Shop today and happen to spot a "Timed and Retracted Messages" subscription item available but it doesn't work, there's actually a good reason for it. As noted in a new Beta Zone email being sent out, it's in preparation for a new BBM beta build that is set to be arriving this week for those invited to try it out.

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Mar 20, 2015 BBM Protected now supports iOS and Android for more secure messaging
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BlackBerry is now offering its BBM Protected services to iOS and Android devices. This will allow those smartphone owners to access a more secure enterprise-based version of its BBM messaging service.

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Mar 12, 2015 BBM for iPhone now lets users pay to remove ads and get a custom PIN
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BBM for iPhone

BlackBerry has released an update for the iPhone version of its BBM messaging app. The new version includes paid subscription options to get rid of ads and more.

For 99 cents a month, BBM users won't see any ads in their feed, and also won't get any sponsored invites from third parties. For $1.99 a month, users can also create a custom PIN.

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Mar 04, 2015 BBM for Android passes 100 million downloads on Google Play
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BBM for Android passes 100 million downloads

BlackBerry has announced that BBM for Android has been downloaded over 100 million times from the Google Play Store. The app has hit this milestone in 17 months following its October 2013 launch.

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Mar 02, 2015 BBM for BlackBerry 10, iOS and Android updates now available
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BBM for BlackBerry 10, iOS and Android updates now available

As expected, thanks to the earlier announcement, BBM has now been updated for BlackBerry 10, iOS and Android. The feature list for this update is rather large and includes custom BBM PINs, Android Wear support, Password protection and landscape mode for iOS users plus, you can now share photos in group chats and have multiple BBM channel contributors. You can have a look at the full rundown below or just head on into your respective app store and grab the update right now.

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Mar 01, 2015 BBM Custom PINs, Android Wear support arriving March 2
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BBM Custom PINs, Android Wear support arriving March 2

BlackBerry has announced the arrival of new customization options for BBM. While in testing for awhile, tomorrow, March 2, will see the debut of custom BBM PINs. Also arriving tomorrow is BBM for Android Wear.

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Feb 27, 2015 BBM for BlackBerry 10 beta updated with notification fixes for images in group chats
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To go along with the BBM for iOS update, the BBM team has also rolled out a new update for the BlackBerry 10 as well. This release focuses on key issue that was affecting users and that's notifications not displaying for picture messages in group chats. A small but welcomed updated. It's live right now in the BlackBerry Beta Zone so if you're one of those on the limited beta, go ahead and get your fix. Version will vary depending on OS and device and take note, current chats will be lost by installing this version of BBM.

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Feb 23, 2015 BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 updated with custom PIN and no ad options
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BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 updated with custom PIN and no ad options

In addition to the iOS beta rolling out, BBM for BlackBerry 10 is also getting a beta update, that brings both platforms in line with each other. With that being the case, the change log for the BlackBerry 10 release is almost identical so, BlackBerry 10 users will have the option to create a custom PIN, remove ads and have a special badge on their profile picture in BBM.

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