BBM will soon offer editable custom PINs, improved photo and video sharing, and more!

Although we had a little bit of a heads up of what was coming to BBM thanks to the beta release, the release which starts rolling out tomorrow features a few new additions that were not included in the beta release. Luckily, we managed to get our hands on the full changelog ahead of time and can share it with you.

Editable Custom PIN

  • Now when you create a Custom PIN, you can change it-as often as you like! Just go to your Me tab or Profile to access the feature. After you choose a new PIN, BBM Messenger will create a new feed post for you so you can tell your contacts. Keep in mind that PINs are unique, so you can only choose a new one that no one else is using, and your old Custom PIN will become available to others as soon as you get a new one.

Photo and Video Sharing

  • Get the Highest-Possible Resolution - Say goodbye to low-resolution photos and videos! Now, all the images and videos you send and receive in BBM Messenger will automatically be transmitted in their highest-possible resolution
  • Options to Save, Set as Backdrop or Delete - Now you can preview videos, see photos in landscape or portrait format, and add captions inside your BBM Messenger chats. In the photo viewer for both one-to-one and multi-person chats, we've also added a menu that lets you save the picture, set as your BBM profile picture, or delete to save space on your phone.
  • Commenting on Images in Groups - This feature is back! To add your two cents to images shared in Groups, just tap on the comment icon. Located in the lower right of the Groups screen, the icon opens a window where you can add your thoughts and read what others have said. You can also like or save these images shared in Groups.

Chat Look and Feel

  • Timestamps and More Background Options (Including Black!) In this latest release, we've added new date tags to separate messages sent on different days. The tags, like "Yesterday" and "Today" make it easier to reference past chats to find what you're looking for. You can also now customize and preview background colors and patterns directly from your chat conversation menus, instead of having to navigate to the Settings screen. Additionally, you can choose black for your background, which wasn't available previously.
  • Keyboard Panel Makeover - Both Android and iOS users will notice their chat screen's cleaner look. We de-cluttered by putting keyboard panel options behind a plus sign. Previously, we had more options on that screen. Now, they're still just a tap away, but they won't distract you when you don't need them. Keyboard panel options include adding media (photo or video), setting the message timer, making an appointment or a list, and sharing a contact, document, event, or your location.
  • Bold Type for New Chats Only - Previously, every header on your list of chats appeared in bold. Now, only the headers for new chats will appear in bold.

iOS Call Integration

  • BBM Voice and Video calls will now be better incorporated into the iOS experience because we've integrated with the iOS CallingKit. Now, iOS users will receive notifications for BBM calls that look like Phone and FaceTime calls. When you navigate away from a BBM Messenger call to view another app on your iOS device, a green call bar will appear at the top of your screen, letting you get back to your active call with one tap. Voice and Video calls you receive in BBM will also appear in the iOS Phone app as "Recents."

Interestingly, the changelog doesn't mention anything about the return of the classic emoji, so maybe that will come a bit later or maybe since they technically already announced it on Twitter anyway they decided to leave it off here. Guess we'll find out when it hits Google Play and the App Store.