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.

This beta version of BBM introduces:

  • Private Chat: make sure your sensitive messages are kept confidential. In a private chat, all contact information is hidden, and new message notifications are discreet. Your chat is automatically deleted on both ends when the chat is inactive or closed. To start a private chat, open the menu from within a 1:1 chat and select "Start Private Chat". Private chat is included in the new Privacy and Control Subscription, which bundles several powerful features into one convenient subscription.

This new subscription includes the following components:

  • Private Chat
  • Edit Message
  • Timed Messages and Pictures
  • Retract

All existing Timed and Retracted Messages Subscribers will be upgraded to the new Privacy and Control Subscription at no additional cost. Remember: we are technically limited from providing these bundles for free in beta. Please only test if you are interested in purchasing the subscription.

Additional Features:

  • Ability to Order Sticker Packs: Now you have the ability to customize which Sticker Packs you see in your main Sticker Picker view using the Stickers Settings Menu.

  • Quote Message: Reference and reply to a previous message in your chat. To quote a message, tap and hold on it and select "Quote Message".

The update is live right now through the BlackBerry Beta Zone app for those who have been invited to test out BBM. As always, as it is a beta be sure to offer up any feedback you have to help improve this release before it goes official. Also keep in mind some features only work when using them with other beta users, for example: Only other BBM beta users can see the quote message usage right now.