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.

  • Share Pictures in BBM Group Chats – we know this is one you have been waiting for! In the middle of a Group Chat and have the perfect picture to share in the moment? Now, you can share pictures directly in your Group Chat!
  • "Delivered" and "Read" Notifications for File Transfers – enjoying the new 'D' and 'R' notifications for Picture Messages? Now, we bring the same experience to File Transfers! Send files to friends and family and receive confirmation when they have been read in BBM Chats.

If you have access to the beta, we suggest backing up before downloading it. As we waited to post this, there has been some feedback noted about it deleting more than just the normal open chats plus, there appears to be some overall lagginess.

Expected as it is a beta but something to consider before you load it up if you haven't already. If you don't have access to the BBM beta, no worries. It'll likely won't be long until it's available to all in BlackBerry World. The usual timeframe runs about a week or so.