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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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Sep 04, 2015 Grab the Sketch Xpress BBM sticker pack by Pootermobile!
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Grab the Sketch Xpress BBM sticker pack by Pootermobile!

I know. Not everyone likes posts about BBM sticker packs, but whatever this one is special! If you head into the BBM Shop right now, you'll find a new sticker pack available called Sketch Xpress for $1.99 but look carefully who the pack was submitted by. Yes, our good friend and long term #TeamBlackBerry member Pootermobile was able to get 25 of his awesome BBM emoticons into the BBM Shop and they look pretty damned good as BBM stickers. Obviously, I can't convince you to buy stickers if you don't like them, but consider picking them and showing some love to Pootermobile!

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Aug 25, 2015 BBM for BlackBerry 10 beta updated with bug fixes and stability improvements
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BBM for BlackBerry 10 beta updated with bug fixes and stability improvements

Taking part in the BBM beta? If so, you're going to want to fire up the BlackBerry Beta Zone and grab the latest version which has now been released. According to the change log, this update doesn't bring any huge additions but instead just covers bugs fixes and stability improvements based on the feedback received.

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Aug 24, 2015 BlackBerry says July was one of the strongest months on record for BBM growth
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BlackBerry offers a look at recent BBM growth

Since joining BlackBerry back in May of 2014, Matthew Talbot, Senior Vice President Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry, has been in charge of the monetization and growth of BBM for BlackBerry. Every few months he heads to the Inside BlackBerry blog to offer some updates on how things are working out in the BBM department and in his most recent post, he notes July was one of the strongest months on record for BBM growth thanks to recent updates for Android, summer holidays, and strong word-of-mouth.

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Aug 13, 2015 BBM beta for iOS adds iOS 9 support and PayPal integration
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BBM beta for iOS adds iOS 9 support and PayPal integration

Following up on the BlackBerry 10 and Android releases earlier, BlackBerry has now released a new BBM beta for iOS. As expected, the iOS version brings along with it the same PayPal integration found in the BlackBerry 10 and Android versions but it also adds support for iOS 9.

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Aug 12, 2015 BBM with PayPal integration now available in the Beta Zone for BlackBerry 10
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BBM with PayPal integration now available in the Beta Zone

Looks like we didn't have to wait until 'tomorrow' for the new BBM Beta with PayPal integration. Emails are now being sent out letting eligible folks know the update has arrived in the BlackBerry Beta Zone for BlackBerry 10 users. Aside from the PayPal integration, BlackBerry has also included a few other fixes for this release as noted.

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Aug 01, 2015 Enter to win a BBM prize pack in our BBM 10th birthday contest!
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BBM 10 Years

Today, August 1, officially marks BBM's 10th birthday and to help celebrate the occasion BlackBerry has been highlighting some key moments from BBM history and offering up a free special BBM sticker pack but we wanted to celebrate as well with our readers, so with some help from BlackBerry, we've put together 10 BBM prize packs to give away to readers such as yourself! What's in the packs? Glad you asked.

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Jul 31, 2015 Celebrate BBM's 10th Birthday with this free BBM sticker pack!
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BBM cake

As we mentioned earlier, August 1 marks BBM's 10th birthday and to celebrate the occasion BlackBerry has been taking a look back at the origins of the app as well as recapping some highlights from the 10 years BBM has been available. As part of the celebrations, BlackBerry has now announced a new, free for a limited time sticker pack as well that has now arrived in the BBM Shop.

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Jul 28, 2015 Latest update to BBM for iOS brings bug fixes and improvements
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Latest update to BBM for iOS brings bug fixes and improvements

Looking to keep things in line, across all the platforms the app supports, BlackBerry has now posted up a new build of BBM for iOS. Just as with the latest BlackBerry 10 and Android releases, the changelog on this one isn't exactly huge and only highlights bug fixes and improvements as the key additions. Still, it's an update, so go ahead and give it a go and let us know in the comments if it's working any better for you with this release versus how it was working before.

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Jul 27, 2015 August 1 marks the 10th Anniversary of BBM
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August 1, 2005. That's the day that hundreds of people started downloading BlackBerry Messenger v1.0 for the very first time as BlackBerry Principal Architect and main creator of BBM, Gary Klassen nervously sat at his desk. Originally planned for release as a part of BES 4.1, only a small number of employees were involved with the first version of BBM, which was to be called QuickMessenger until Jeremy Kettle came up with the term BBM - BlackBerry Messenger - during a meeting. A name that ultimately ended up being added to the English Collins Dictionary in 2012.

Speaking on those beginnings with the Inside BlackBerry Blog, Jonathan Nobles, the first product manager for BBM in 2005 recalled some of the early days of BBM.

"We were experimenting with various instant messaging ideas. We discovered that if we took the existing PIN to PIN solution and wrapped it in a nice GUI (Graphical user interface), we had a great product".

A highlight of the early days confirmed by BlackBerry Principal Architect and main creator of BBM, Gary Klassen, who noted.

"PIN to PIN [messaging] always had D's and R's," he said, referring to status updates showing when messages were Delivered and Read by users, "but they weren't on by default". Turning those features on in BBM created a pioneering sense of real-time presence that's now standard for many instant messaging applications.

"BBM was the first form of text communication that was instant, cross-carrier, and mobile, in a time when people were still attached to their PCs," says Klassen, who still invents things as a principal architect at BlackBerry. "With desktop IM's, you could show up as 'online', but you might not be at your computer. BBM was the first to be always with you, and you were truly always 'online'."

From there, BBM grew immensely thanks to the speed in which messages were delivered in addition to its low-bandwidth requirements. Today, new features have taken BBM to a level that was never really thought of at the time of its original development. As the Inside BlackBerry Blog notes, BBM has now become a social media platform, a medium for advertising, gaming and m-commerce, and the foundation of business-collaboration and highly-secure messaging services. Looking for some more background on BBM? Check out our video from CrackBerry Live with Gary Klassen. I think we'll have to have a contest on August 1. ;)

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Jul 21, 2015 BBM for BlackBerry 10 and Android updated with bug fixes and performance improvements
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BBM

For those of you out there using BBM on either BlackBerry 10 or Android, you'll want to fire up the respective app stores and get the latest updates downloaded. New builds for both BlackBerry 10 and Android have now arrived and are available. What's new you ask? Well, we really don't know because the changelog this time around was simply left at 'bug fixes and performance improvements'. Still that's enough reason to give them a go. If you happen to spot anything specifically new in either release, shout out in the comments and let us know. If you're an iOS user, no update for you as of yet.

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Jul 20, 2015 Monsters Inc Stickers roar into the BBM Shop
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When it comes to the BBM Shop there seems to be a slight inconsistency as to when new products show up for users. I'm not sure if this is a regional thing or a glitch, but either way, I was rather pleased to see the Monsters Inc sticker pack show up for me over the weekend.

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Jun 30, 2015 BlackBerry pushes out a bug fix update for BBM
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On Friday 26th, BBM was updated for BlackBerry, iOS and Android. A lot of people ran into issues with the update and today we see an update pushed out to fix those issues. If you have been having some problems with BBM since the update, it would be wise to update to this latest version.

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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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BBM-Stickers-Passport

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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