BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM as it is more commonly known, has just had a major update that brings a new features and some improvements. Of course, as we all know, BBM is no longer restricted to BlackBerry and can be downloaded on Android and iOS as well.
The big news in the BBM v2.1 update is the introduction of stickers, much like Facebook’s chat stickers. Here’s what you can expect:
BBM customers will be able to download a variety of sticker packs right inside BBM from the BBM Shop. Each sticker pack contains between 20 and 25 stickers and features content developed by talented artists or relating to a theme or a character like CosCat, Gilbert’s Tales or Bubble Bot, as well as sticker packs featuring content from popular brands including Shaun the Sheep and WWE. To start, sticker packs will either be offered for free, or cost US $1.99, or an approximate equivalent amount in the local currency, and will be billed through the device’s app store. With WrestleMania 30 just around the corner, WWE is planning to give away a free sticker pack to its fans through BBM.
Additionally, the new update will let users share larger files with friends, whether these are photos, videos or other attachments. If you are using BlackBerry 10, the new size limit is 16MB, while Android and iPhone users get increased to 10MB.
Also, in multi-person group chats, you can now share pictures, which means it’s easier than before to send a photo to multiple people and talk about it.
After Facebook’s recent purchase of Whatsapp, you might want to switch your messenger service citing privacy concerns. There are some slick messengers to guard your privacy, but BBM has also been known to be completely encrypted and secure.
The latest version is v2.1 on iOS and Android, v10.3.1 on BB10 and v8.2 on BlackBerry OS v8.2. You can find out more about it at www.bbm.com or check your app store.