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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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Feb 20, 2015 BlackBerry testing 'No Ad' and 'Custom PIN' subscription features for BBM
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BlackBerry testing 'No Ad' and 'Custom PIN' subscription features

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 testing them out.

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Feb 19, 2015 BBM for Android now available on the Amazon Appstore
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BBM for Android now available on the Amazon Appstore

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.

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Feb 13, 2015 BBM for iOS beta moves into v2.7.0.33
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BBM for iOS beta moves into v2.7.0.33

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 v2.7.0.33. 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.

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Feb 12, 2015 New BBM beta brings picture sharing in groups, read receipt for file transfers
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New BBM beta brings picture sharing in groups, read receipt for file transfers

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.

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Feb 05, 2015 Celebrate Chinese New Year with two new BBM sticker packs
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Celebrate Chinese New Year with two new BBM sticker packs

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.

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Feb 04, 2015 BlackBerry Blend and BBM Protected nominated for GSMA Global Mobile Awards
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BlackBerry Blend and BBM Protected nominated for GSMA Global Mobile Awards

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 Virtual Cockpit in the 2015 Audi TT has been nominated in the Best Mobile Innovation for Automotive category.

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Feb 03, 2015 BlackBerry's BBM Shop hit 1 billion user views in January
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BlackBerry's BBM Shop hit 1 billion user views in January

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 impressions, racking up more than a billion every month with the first billion only taking 5.5 months and the second billion only taking 3 months and finally, the third billion only taking less than a month.

Over the last six weeks alone, users' interactions with virtual goods have shot up over 200%, proving virtual goods is a pretty good business all around.

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Feb 02, 2015 The great South African BBM recruitment contest
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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.

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Jan 29, 2015 New BBM beta for BlackBerry offers landscape support, multiple picture transfer from the pictures app
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New BBM beta for BlackBerry offers landscape support, multiple picture transfer from the pictures app

Although this is a limited beta and not available to everyone right now, after many folks were upset that BBM on iOS got landscape support, I figured it was worth a mention that BlackBerry users haven't been forgotten and it looks as though landscape support could be coming soon, assuming all goes well with the beta.

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Jan 27, 2015 Heroes Of The Valiant Universe BBM sticker pack now available
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Heroes Of The Valiant Universe BBM sticker pack now available

A little bit of nerdery for comic book fans. Back in 1989, former Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter founded a company called Voyager Communications. Through Voyager Communications, Valiant Comics was started and thus was the beginning of The Valiant Universe. Eventually in 1999, Valiant Comics was discontinued after being bought out by video game company Acclaim but they shut down in 2007. After many legal battles, Valiant Comics began publishing once again in May 2012 and have quickly become popular among fans and critics alike with several of their characters such as X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, Quantum & Woody and Harbinger.

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Jan 23, 2015 Valentine's Day sticker packs now available in the BBM Shop
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Valentine's Day BBM sticker packs now available in the BBM Shop

It's not yet February, but retailers have already begun gearing up for Valentine's Day so it seems fitting the BBM Shop would be ahead of the game as well. Two new Valentine's Day specific BBM packs have arrived and are available for $1.99 each.

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Jan 22, 2015 BBM beta for iOS updated to v2.7.0.20
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BBM beta for iOS updated to v2.7.0.20

Are you among the many beta testers for BBM on iOS? If so, you'll want to check Test Flight for the latest release. A new update has arrived as v2.7.0.20 and it has a few things for everyone to test out. Some of them are new, some of them apparently may have been reworked and just need more testing. You can have a look at the noted changes thanks to change log from BlackBerry.

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Jan 21, 2015 Register for the BlackBerry Enterprise Products and Services webcast
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BlackBerry has been on a roll with announcing new products and services for Enterprise and if you're looking to learn how they may fit into your environments, BlackBerry is hosting a webcast on January 28, 2015 at 11:00am - 12:00pm EST, to take a deeper look at some of their latest offerings.

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Jan 19, 2015 Big Hero 6 and Puss in Boots BBM Stickers now available
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Big Hero 6 and Puss in Boots BBM Stickers now available

Disney and Dreamworks are no strangers to the BBM Shop and both have now expanded their offerings of BBM stickers available. First up is Disney, which has released a brand new Big Hero 6 sticker pack that offers artwork featuring Baymax and Hiro as well as several other characters from the hit movie such as Tadashi and Go Go.

Next up is Dreamworks, which is now offering a Puss in Boots sticker pack featuring characters such as Kitty Softpaws, Humpty Alexander Dumpty and of course, Puss in Boots. You can grab each individual sticker pack for $1.99 each right now from the BBM Shop or jump below to get a closer look at them both.

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Jan 16, 2015 The Lord of the Rings BBM stickers now available on the BBM Shop
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The Lord of the Rings BBM stickers now available

Are you a fan of The Lord of the Rings? If so, Bare Tree Media has a new BBM sticker pack that you cannot pass... up. (that was cheesy but I'm not apologizing) For $1.99 you can grab The Lord of the Rings BBM pack featuring several characters from J. R. R. Tolkien's epic fantasy novels including Gandalf, Frodo, Gollum and more from Middle-Earth. You can have a look at the full pack below or hit this link here in your browser to be taken directly to the BBM Shop to purchase it.

PS: 'You cannot pass' is from the book. It was changed in the movie. The more you know. ;)

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Jan 15, 2015 Baby Popeye and Pro Football BBM Stickers now available in the BBM Shop
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Hitting up the BBM Shop today I noticed a couple of new additions that are now available to purchase if stickers are your thing.

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Jan 13, 2015 How would you improve BBM Channels?
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How would you improve BBM Channels?

During CES 2015, BlackBerry decided to go ahead and share some hard numbers surrounding BBM and how it's performing. Taking a look back at the numbers, it's easy to see there were some 'wins' there for BlackBerry and the platform. They showed growth across the board with over 140 million new registrations to BBM from iPhone and Android devices, 70% of users being active daily, and the BBM Shop saw 175 million visitors in the last year. No one buys stickers, right? Well, 300 Million were shared so someone is buying them.

One number that stuck out to me is the number of BBM Channels that were created. According to BlackBerry, there were 1 Million (and counting) channels created. That number seems low to me (it might be good to BlackBerry, I don't know), and I can't help but think it's because BBM Channels hasn't received an update in quite some time. I honestly can't even remember when the last noticeable change in BBM Channels occurred. The only thing I can think of is when Hootsuite integration was added and that wasn't a direct change. If you never used Hootsuite before you might not even know BBM Channels integration exists.

That got me thinking about ways to improve BBM Channels, because as much work as the folks at BlackBerry are doing with BBM, it seems as though BBM Channels is lagging a bit in terms of development and expansion of the product. Maybe it's just not the right time. Maybe an update is coming. But for now, here's a small list of things I and others I asked would like to see added that I believe would help not only improve the experience when using BBM Channels but also make people want to use it more.

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Jan 07, 2015 BBM on Android Wear is almost exactly what you'd expect
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Today at CES 2015, BlackBerry announced that Android Wear support will soon be coming to BBM, and we went wrist-on to check out how it works. And, well, it works almost exactly like you'd expect. You get all the appropriate notifications on your connected Android Wear smartwatch (in this case it was demoed on a Moto 360), and the ability to reply.

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Jan 05, 2015 Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk! The Three Stooges BBM stickers now available
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Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk! Three Stooges BBM stickers now available

Looking for some comedic relief? If so, you can now grab The Three Stooges BBM sticker pack from the BBM Shop for only $1.99. Best known for their numerous short subject films, still syndicated to television, The Three Stooges have made generations around the world laugh for over fifty years. You can get a better look at the pack below or hit this link in your browser to jump right to the knuckleheads.

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Dec 29, 2014 BBM for iOS v2.6.1.31 now available in the iTunes App Store
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BBM for iOS updated to v2.6.1.31

This is just a quick heads up for anyone who is using iOS and has been waiting for the previously announced BBM for iOS update to be made available. If you fire up iTunes right now, you should finally be seeing v2.6.1.31, which brings along several changes including a more refined look to bring it more in line with iOS 8 styling.

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