BBM (formerly BlackBerry Messenger) is a data-based instant messaging network that is exclusive to BlackBerry devices. Messages are sent over BlackBerry’s private network, ensuring security and privacy. End users have long enjoyed helpful features such as notifications which show if a message was successfully sent, if it was read, and if the other party is currently typing a response.
Since its inception, BBM has grown in functionality to include groups with shared calendars, lists and files. Application developers can also make their apps BBM-connected in a number of ways, including showcasing their app on a user’s BlackBerry Messenger profile. Music played on a BlackBerry’s native media player can also be optionally shown as a status message on BBM.
BBM has always been a BlackBerry only app, but as announced during BlackBerry Live 2013, BBM officially went cross-platform on Android and iOS on October 21, 2013.
Oct 09, 2015
BBM for BlackBerry 10 and Android updated with bug fixes and performance improvements
If you're using [BBM](/bbm) on BlackBerry 10 or Android, you'll want to go ahead and fire up the respective app stores and get the latest update downloaded, especially if you're having issues with the build you have installed right now.
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Oct 06, 2015
BBM passes another mobile commerce milestone by serving 1 billion ad requests per day
For those of you out there concerned about the business and potential profit side of [BBM](/bbm), Matthew Talbot, Senior Vice President of Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry has once again taken to the Inside BlackBerry Biz Blog to share a new milestone passing for BBM.
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Sep 30, 2015
BBM Meetings for BlackBerry 10, Windows and Mac updated
If you frequent using [BBM Meetings](http://crackberry.com/tag/bbm-meetings) on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone, you'll want to go ahead and check out the latest update that has now arrived across BlackBerry 10, Windows and Mac.
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Sep 10, 2015
Latest BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 brings further PayPal support, Sticker Club and more!
I didn't really intend on writing about BBM Stickers twice today but looking through the BBM Shop, it would appear as though BlackBerry is preparing a subscription-based offering for BBM Sticker packs called 'Sticker Club', something quite a few folks who enjoy stickers have been asking for. Although the subscribe button appears, you're not currently able to do sign up as it states you need a higher version of BBM installed, which likely indicates it will be coming in one of the next beta builds of BBM.
Aug 25, 2015
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.
Aug 24, 2015
BlackBerry says July was one of the strongest months on record for 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.
Aug 13, 2015
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.
Aug 12, 2015
BBM with PayPal integration now available in the Beta Zone for BlackBerry 10
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.
Aug 01, 2015
Enter to win a BBM prize pack in our BBM 10th birthday contest!
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.
Jul 28, 2015
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.
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'."
Jul 21, 2015
BBM for BlackBerry 10 and Android updated with bug fixes and performance improvements
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.
Jul 20, 2015
Monsters Inc Stickers roar into the BBM Shop
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.
Jun 30, 2015
BlackBerry pushes out a bug fix update for BBM
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.
Jun 29, 2015
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.
Jun 27, 2015
A look at the updated Privacy and Control BBM features
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.
Jun 26, 2015
BlackBerry Messenger update makes it easier to control what you share
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.
Jun 15, 2015
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.
Jun 12, 2015
Latest BBM for iOS beta brings 'Private Chat' feature through Privacy and Control subscription
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 v2126.96.36.199. 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.
Jun 04, 2015
CrackBerry Asks: Have you been put off purchasing BBM Sticker packs due to their price?
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?
Jun 01, 2015
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.
May 20, 2015
BBM for iOS beta v188.8.131.52 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.
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.
Previously we let you all know BlackBerry was testing custom PIN and no ad options for BBM but they weren't fully enabled. Now, BlackBerry has pushed a new BBM for iOS beta that opens the doors to those options for some wide testing. As noted in the changes, vanity PIN's, removable ads and a new avatar badging feature are now up for testing if you have an iOS device and are using BBM on it....
This one won't come as much of a surprise, given BlackBerry's ongoing efforts to monetize BBM and the fact they announced it at CES, but it's interesting that it has now started to appear. If you're running the beta build of BBM on iOS, the 'No Ad' and 'Custom PIN' options have started showing up in the BBM Shop indicating BlackBerry might soon be ready to push them live or is at the very least...
Although this announcement might not mean a lot for BlackBerry users, it could come in handy when recommending others to download BBM. BlackBerry has now made BBM available through the Amazon Appstore.
All you Android BBMers out there: the latest BBM for Android is now available on the Amazon Appstore. The Amazon Appstore is both a website and accompanying app that connects Android users...
With the last beta version having gone public a few days ago, the BlackBerry Beta Zone has already fired up a new BBM beta putting it into v184.108.40.206. This one isn't a massive update but there's still a few new things on the list to check out plus, some known issues that need to be worked through as well.
We have lots of new features and improvements to share based on your...
Although the majority of users won't be able to take advantage of this one just yet, a new limited BBM beta has been released to the BlackBerry Beta Zone that brings with it some new features for groups and file transfers.
Share Pictures in BBM Group Chats – we know this is one you have been waiting for! In the middle of a Group Chat and have the perfect picture to share in the moment? Now,...
The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival as it's now more commonly referred to will fall on February 19th this year and to celebrate the traditional Chinese holiday the BBM Shop has added some new stickers from Pyi Pyi Family and Pico Candy.
Both the Chinese New Year Manjukan and Friends pack and Chinese Happy SuSheep Year pack feature a selection of characters partaking in several...
Each year, at Mobile World Congress the Global Mobile Awards are held and with this year's nominees now announced, we know BlackBerry has at least two offerings in the running. For Best Mobile Service or App for Consumers, BlackBerry Blend has been nominated and for Best Security/ Anti-Fraud Product or Solution, BBM Protected has received a nomination. On the QNX side, QNX-Powered System for...
So you don't care for BBM Stickers? Well, you just might be in the minority if so. BlackBerry has now announced the BBM Shop has hit 1 billion user views in January and 72% of customers with access to the BBM Shop interact with virtual goods each month.
According to Matthew Talbot, Senior Vice President Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry, virtual goods have generated more than 3 billion total...
Posted by James Richardson on 2 Feb 2015 7:07 am EST
Over in South Africa it looks like BlackBerry are having a purge on getting more folk signed up to BBM and you can't blame them as it's without doubt the best instant messaging platform around.
If you're in South Africa and are a BBM user, on any mobile platform, you can win R1,000 airtime just by getting as many of your friends to use BBM as possible. It works like this; you need to already...
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