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.
Sep 04, 2015
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!
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 v2184.108.40.206. 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 v220.127.116.11 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.
May 07, 2015
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.
May 06, 2015
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.
Apr 30, 2015
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.
Apr 26, 2015
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.
Apr 15, 2015
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.
By now, you should have updated to the latest version of BBM, which rolled out October 31st, 2014. There were a whole load of new features in the update. Message retraction, timed messages, a better way to request High Quality photos and more. We'll take a closer look at all the features.
The two biggest new features are the Timed Messages and the Message Retraction options. You'll find a...
A little something for 'old school' video game and cartoon lovers. Sonic blasted onto the scene in 1991 as a mascot for SEGA (Nintendo had Mario) and since then, he's starred in games, five different cartoon series and a TON of spin-offs. Now, you can bring Sonic to your BBM thanks to a brand new sticker pack having now arrived in the BBM Shop. The pack will set you back $1.99, but you get...
The announcements from BlackBerry came fast today at their BlackBerry for Enterprise event and they covered a lot of bases, making a complete Enterprise portfolio. New partnerships, new services, new software and more got announced.
"Our Enterprise Portfolio, with BES12 at its foundation, does so much more than just manage cross-platform devices. Amongst many other capabilities, the...
As expected, BBM Meetings has been made official. The conferencing solution allows users on BlackBerry 10, Android, Mac and Windows PC to have high-quality video & voice conferences on the go while leveraging the great collaboration tools that BlackBerry provides. BBM chats can become meetings with just a tap and meetings can be started right from your mobile device.
The service is...
After the Android version and some screenshots popped up, it seemed only a matter of time before the BlackBerry version would appear as well and so it has. The BBM Meetings app for BlackBerry 10 has now arrived in BlackBerry World ahead of the official announcement, though to be perfectly honest there's not much you can do with it until it's officially announced and even then, it might be...
Posted by James Richardson on 12 Nov 2014 8:55 am EST
Just a quick heads up for you BBM sticker fans out there. A new pack showed up in the BBM Shop in the past 24 hours which goes by the name of Dumb Ways to Die. It's not all doom and gloom as you may think from it's name and contains some great characters.
I'd not heard of Dumb Ways to Die before, but upon hitting up Wikipedia it appears that the concept was created back in 2012 by Metro...
BBM has a long history of being used in the aid of public safety and a new partnership with the Toronto Police Service and the Missing Children Society of Canada highlights that once again. At an event held in Toronto today, the Toronto Police Service and the Missing Children Society of Canada announced BlackBerry/BBM as the latest addition to their search program, Milk Carton 2.0.
If you're an avid user of BBM Stickers there's a couple stickers that have become available this week. Disney has been busy bringing us plenty of sticker packs. We've even had some sticker packs from DreamWorks and MGM and now Nickelodoen has joined in with the Avatar the Last Airbender sticker pack that includes Aang, Katara and Sokka.
If you fancy something a little more romantic to share...
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has issued security rankings for several popular communication platforms, including Apple's iMessage Google's Hangouts and Skype from Microsoft. Both iMessage and Apple's FaceTime were named as the best mass market options for secure messaging according to the EFF's criteria. These categories include message encryption in transit, independent code review...
The latest update to BBM has arrived and most folks on BlackBerry, iOS and Android have been checking it out over the weekend. Based on feedback I've looked at in the CrackBerry Forums, it seems a lot of people are really liking the new additions and options such as Timed Messages, Message Retraction but as the press release noted upon their arrival, "unrestricted access to these features...
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