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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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Jul 29, 2014 BBM Protected walkthrough and hands-on with Jeff Gadway
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As part of the BlackBerry Security Summit held in NYC, we got to catch up with Jeff Gadway from the BBM Product Marketing team to learn more about BBM Protected, how it works and what to expect in the future updates for the secure enterprise messaging service. If you're not familiar with BBM Protected, it provides an enhanced security model for BBM messages sent between BlackBerry smartphones and is the only secure mobile instant messaging app that uses a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic library.

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Jul 25, 2014 BBM for Windows Phone beta saw 10,000 signups within 24 hours
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Over at the Inside BlackBerry Blog today, Matthew Talbot Senior Vice President, Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry has detailed some information about where BlackBerry is hoping to take BBM in the long term and the overall cross-platform strategy of the app. The post highlights a lot of interesting stuff such as his recent trip to Jakarta and seeing billboards advertising devices as coming with BBM.

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Jul 24, 2014 Pink Panther and Duck Dynasty stickers arrive in the BBM Shop
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It was about time for another round of stickers to arrive and if you're a fan of old school Pink Panther or Duck Dynasty, prepare to say goodbye to a $1.99. Yup, the Pink Panther and the Robertson family have arrived in the BBM shop. Joining the Pink Panther in his number of different images, you'll also find Inspector Clouseau. As for the Duck Dynasty crew, Willie, Uncle Si, Jase and even Miss Kay are all available. The packs do seem regional but you all know how to work around that by now.

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Jul 22, 2014 New BBM update arrives in the Beta Zone, brings new way to add contacts
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New BBM Beta Zone update brings new way to add contracts

BlackBerry has been busy working on BBM. We've just seen an update to the BBM beta on Windows Phone but it seems a beta update has landed for BlackBerry 10 users too. There isn't much to this update but it does bring about a new way to add BBM contacts. There is a new Add Contact screen where you can seemingly add contacts from a suggested list or send an invite to a contact to their e-mail address. Even the scan barcode screen has been tweaked too.

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Jul 17, 2014 BBM Beta goes live on the Windows Phone Store
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BBM Beta goes live in Windows Phone Store

If you've joined the BBM Beta program for Windows Phone, there's good news. The BlackBerry Messenger app is now live and ready to be downloaded in the Windows Phone Store, allowing Windows Phone customers to message friends on the BBM service. Of course, most folks here won't care as everyone already has BBM on their BlackBerry but hey, you can tell any Windows Phone folks you know it's being tested and put through its paces.

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Jul 14, 2014 Infographic shows the BBM Top 10 countries with World Cup Football Fever
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Infographic shows the BBM Top 10 countries with World Cup Football Fever

The World Cup for 2014 is now over. One month, 64 matches, 32 countries. Germany emerged as the world champions after beating Argentina 1-0 in the final. It's great to see the world come together when events like these happen. And if you're like me, you may have tweeted during every match you watched or you may have been part of a BBM Group dedicated to World Cup talk. Over the weekend, BlackBerry released an infographic on BBM usage during the all the World Cup matches played up until July 3rd, 2014.

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Jul 11, 2014 Windows Phone BBM beta test program already filled up
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BlackBerry is no longer taking sign ups for the closed beta test of its upcoming BBM app for Windows Phone, with users now being asked to register for a waitlist.

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Jul 10, 2014 BlackBerry Beta Zone now accepting sign ups for BBM beta on Windows Phone
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As expected due to the app having arrived on the Windows Phone Store under private beta status, BlackBerry has now announced their open, external beta for BBM on Windows Phone. As noted on the Inside BlackBerry Blog, BBM on Windows Phone will bring a fresh new native look & feel having been specifically designed for Windows Phone.

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Jul 07, 2014 BBM private beta appears to have arrived on Windows Phone Store
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BlackBerry hasn't really kept the fact that BBM is coming to Windows Phone a secret. In fact, they've made several announcements on the matter with the most recent noting Windows Phone users would indeed be able to download the app at some point in 'July'. Of course, some beta testing has to occur before a roll out of the app happens and it seems that's possibly already underway as BBM has been spotted sitting there in the Windows Phone store with compatibility for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1.

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Jul 03, 2014 Disney's Frozen sticker pack now available in the BBM Shop
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If you're looking to liven up your BBM with some new stickers, Disney has just pushed the Frozen sticker pack to the BBM Shop and all the expected characters are in place. Just as with most other sticker packs available on BBM, this one has pricing set at $1.99 for 24 stickers. Not one I'm interested but I'm sure many others have been waiting for this one to arrive. You can load up the BBM Shop from within BBM and find them listed for purchase. Grabbing them or taking a pass?

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Jun 27, 2014 Celebrate Canada Day with the "Canada Day, Eh!" BBM sticker pack
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Looking to add some Canadian love to your BBM? If so, you can now grab the 'Canada Day, Eh!' BBM sticker pack right now. The sticker pack plays into all the usual and funny stereotypes for Canadians. It has polar bears, beavers, a pretty chipper moose and of course, you can even spot a few lumberjacks sipping on Canadians favorite brand of coffee. Like most other sticker packs, it's priced at $1.99. The pack is live right now, so fire up BBM and grab it from the BBM Shop. Spread some Canadian love!

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Jun 24, 2014 Join Lewis Hamilton for a live Q&A session on BBM Channels!
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If you have some questions you've always wanted to ask Lewis Hamilton, you might finally be able to get some of them answered. The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS BBM Channel is hosting a live Q&A session with none other than Lewis Hamilton himself on Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 14:00 GMT. You will of course have to subscribe to the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS BBM Channel in order to gain access so be sure to add them using channel PIN C00011785 or scanning the barcode.

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Jun 22, 2014 CrackBerry Asks: Are you now using a wallpaper with BBM?
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With the latest BlackBerry messenger update one of the new features introduced was the ability to use a wallpaper within BBM chats. Right now, we only have the choice of four colors available in the BBM Shop (blue, green, red & yellow), so hopefully we'll see some more roll out shortly.

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Jun 20, 2014 BBM Meetings is supposedly coming in September but what is it?
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If you tuned into the BlackBerry Earnings call then you already know there was plenty of talk about BBM. If you tuned into the webcast, then you also know BlackBerry was showing slides as the call was happening. Among them was a slide called 'Accomplishments Nov 13' - Today' as shown above. If you look over it you'll easily see something called BBM Meetings and according to the slide, this is an already announced product but there has been no mention of it previously anywhere outside of the slides. Reading through the transcript of the earnings call, thanks to Seeking Alpha I noticed it was brought up again with mention it will see release in September.

Other major releases planned for FY '15 including the BBM for Windows in July. In September, we intend to release the BBM Meetings. In November we will release our BES12 and QNX cloud will come in in December.

That seems a bit weird to me. Almost as weird as BlackBerry ENTIRELY ignoring any mention of BlackBerry Blend despite having the icon for it right on the homescreen of the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic in their announcement renders. So what is BBM Meetings? Well, we don't know but if I recall correctly there were rumors of BlackBerry working on a Skype like service. Skype has group calling. BBM has groups. Add in some BBM Video calling and maybe BBM Meetings is this rumored Skype like service. What do you all think it is? Sound off in the comments section and let us know what you think.

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Jun 19, 2014 The ability to use emoticons in BBM broadcast messages on BB10 is coming soon
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According to Jeff Gadway, BBM lovers will soon be getting a new beta to check out and one specific additions has been called out and that is, the ability to use emoticons in BBM broadcast messages on BlackBerry 10. Although I'm not exactly too sure how high it was on the 'wants' list for BBM, it must have been high enough that it caught the attention on of the BBM team and they'll soon be making it available. At this point there's no estimated time given but soon can't really be that far off if it was worth a mention.

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Jun 17, 2014 How to add a wallpaper within a BBM chat using BlackBerry 10
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Part of the latest BBM update was the ability to add a wallpaper to your BBM chats - giving you some customization on how your conversations look. At the time of the update release there were four colored options in the BBM Shop for users to download for free.

It's a bit early to tell if I like the new options or prefer the black default look to BBM chats. I'm always a fan of dark backgrounds on my smartphones so maybe I'll be a little more excited when there's a few more options available.

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Jun 16, 2014 BlackBerry Messenger gets updated for BBM Protected plus some extra treats
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To coincide with the press release we told you about a short while ago, BBM has been updated to version 10.3.33.18, but as you will see below there's a few more changes introduced other than the Protected part.

If you treat your BBM like a social network you'll probably love the fact that the Updates tab has been renamed 'Feeds' - making it sound more social. A nice move BlackBerry.

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Jun 12, 2014 Get in the World Cup spirit with these BBM sticker packs
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World Cup Stickers

It's World Cup time, and what better way to show your support than by taunting your friends with some BBM Stickers. New to the BBM Shop are some great World Cup sticker packs for various countries — all available for just $1.99. Sadly there aren't packs for every country that will be competing in the tournament, but there are a select few that get things started on the right foot. Whether more are on the way we're not quite sure.

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Jun 06, 2014 New Jumping Jacks sticker pack arrives in the BBM Shop
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Just a quick heads up that if you are into your BBM stickers then you may want to start the weekend off by downloading the latest edition - Jumping Jacks, which have been designed by Amelie Wentrup Alptun. Amelie is a swedish virtual artist whose love for design spans from crazy illustrations to sleek user-friendly interfaces.

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Jun 04, 2014 BBM Channel Chat vs. Twitter
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