Sneek Peak At The New BlackBerry Messenger!

Sneek Peak At The New BlackBerry Messenger!
By Bla1ze on 12 Jun 2009 09:14 pm EDT
One of the greatest functions of BlackBerry devices is BlackBerry messenger. Sadly though over the years BlackBerry Messenger has seen little to no changes in it's looks or functionality since it's incarnation. That is, until now. The Boy Genius has posted some nice images of the as of yet unreleased BlackBerry Messenger and I have to say it looks great especially with some of the new features implemented, the list while not complete looks awesome and I can't wait to see it in action. New features include:
  • Avatar support — set your own avatar using the Camera or saved photo on your device (this is displayed locally as well as shown next to your Messenger name on your friend’s buddy list)
  • GPS location integration — you can now set permissions so friends can always see your location, have to request it each time, or never can see it
  • Proximity sensor — we’re guessing this will let you know if you’re within a certain distance of friends (pending, of course, you’re both set to share locations freely with each other)
  • Set conversation subjects — this will allow you to organize your convos on the main Messenger screen and label them with subjects to keep track of all your conversations
  • Homescreen support — you can pin/sticky actual Messenger contacts directly to the homescreen for easy access!

Some nice additions there that I can't wait to see released, be sure to head on over to Boy Genius Report where there is a whole gallery of pictures for you all too drool over in anticipation of it's release. Side note, those of you running 5.0 now, this is the reason your BBM shows an install of 4.7 currently as this version is still in beta.

[ BGR ]

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Sneek Peak At The New BlackBerry Messenger!


I was wondering if they were going to make any changes to BBM. I must say, this is a great addition to an already great app. Can't wait for the release.

Woah, wait. In the 5th screenshot down on BGR, you can see a box that says "Recent SMS Contacts (0)". And the boxes above that, for the current convos and contacts, there's the blackberry symbol right-aligned next to each name. This is leading me to believe (more hope and pray than actually believe, really) that this version of BBM will incorporate multiple messaging avenues. And thus FINALLY give us threaded Texting/MMS-ing!!! Because there's no other real reason for those Blackberry symbols than to distinguish what type of contact/convo each entry is(other than if that's the standard avatar in the new version, in which case I'm pulling at straws here). In any case, that "Recent SMS Contacts (0)" still is VERY interesting to me.

Feel free to speculate, call me crazy, or whatever. Just calling it like I see it.

thinking the same thing when I saw the BGR pics. I can only hope RIM got their $h*t together and implement threaded convo's. Pleeeeease let it be :)

On my screen at least, it looks like the BB icon has slightly more white background than the contacts menu background. Looks like an avatar placeholder to me.

I like the addition with some of the new features. It looks really nice and I can't wait to see it up close & personal...

OK this is a pet peeve of mine. Only use 'it's' when the word should be a contraction of 'it is'.

For example - in this part of the review:

..."seen little to no changes in it's looks or functionality since it's incarnation."

Both those are incorrect. Should be 'changes in its looks...since its incarnation'. No apostrophe there.


I just think the Tour is a nicer looking device. The Onyx is ugly, frankly. And it is way too small.

This is such great news. I'm so excited to see this come out. BBM is one of the greatest apps and I love that is's getting some changes done to it. :O)

I am hoping I will be able to get it on my 8320. I am going to eventually move to the 8900, but the friends I have with it keep having cracking around the trackball and I would end up losing my mind.

Just hoping they show support to users on 4.5!

oh, and I know it is very teenager'esque but more emoticons. Every other chat/im program has a slew of them.

The Onyx is beautiful. I'm so sick of people that are on CDMA networks trashing it because this has Wi-Fi unlike the Tour and their just jealous cause VZW won't be picking it up because it's only GSM. Both phones are nice, i'm sick of hearing this stupid crap.

The Onyx IMO, is going to be the best blackberry to date when it's released. There is not one feature missing.

It looks like RIM just threw a bunch of stuff together to make the Onyx. It looks like the top half and the bottom half dont even belong together. There are gaps everywhere and the keys look like they are about to spill over.

I am so loving this. To bad my wife had to tell me about this. Now I feel like putting my head in the sand for a long time. She never is on top of any new bb news unless i tell her, but not this time. Oh well i want this and can not wait. lets just hope that rim put this out soon or with 5.0 will be even better.

This looks really cool. BBMessenger is indeed one of the best features of Berrys. I wonder if they will also add additional options for "Send File" in BB Messenger. I notice whenever I try to send anything to another contact, I can only send a photo or voice note. It would be cool if you could send any file at all.

I hate when stuff like this happens. You hear about an update, add-on, app, etc...and then you have to wait an addition 4 to 5 months for a release.

yesss.. I agree on this! I don't have patience with anything - I get what I want/need, so the waiting kills me every time!

I like the option to set your status... beats the normal available anytime/anything we got know haha. Hopefully it will integrate with the calendar.

What I'd like to see is a message time indicator so you can easily tell when a message was sent to you.

all these cool things you can do with a bad they don't work. I got mine to work, but my friends are not that technologically inclined...

Looks great! Can't wait to load it up. I have only one question. With the new ability to add Home screen support, this means that the blackberry must notify you in 3 places that you have a new message. Pin Sticky, Blackberry Messenger application, and if applicable, the message list. Will this create much more lag? As it is, My blackberry lags sometimes and requires a little bit of sweet talking or a battery pull. Any input?

I downloaded the new BBM 5.0 its great but im still running on 4.6 on my BB 8900 .. is that ok? and i thought there would be threaded sms i was waiting for that (: ..and also when will we be able to upgrade our 8900 to 5.0