Blackberry Messenger, ubiquitously referred to as BBM, is an Instant Messaging app that was first released for Blackberry and Blackberry users alone. Over time, the company responsible for the app development – Research In Motion (now known as BlackBerry) – announced that it would be extending the services of the Instant Messaging integrated app to Android and Apple Platforms. Recording a huge success and boost in followership, BBM has now become one of the go-to apps when it comes to instant messaging.
As early as today, the developers of BBM have sent their users over the various platforms of BB10, iOS and Android a notification to upgrade their BBM application. The update comes with a new feature that allows users send themselves money over PayPal. Yes, send money. Via BBM. Through PayPal.
As if that was not enough, the developers announced that they have plans set in motion to partner up with other financial institutions as well as banking agencies so that this money transfer service would be accessible to a wide array of users.
The update is not limited to this alone as it also comes with a new Channel, the Sticker Club. Users who subscribe to this club will have the opportunity to use various new stickers that would be updated into the club’s database exclusively. Android users can now also organise their stickers into categories such that their favorites are displayed on top for easy access, killing time that would have been used to browse through before. They would also be able to change the font settings for their chat and likewise, pinch to zoom.
The update, which is available on Blackberry World, Google Play Store and Apple Store, has extended the use of BBM to the Apple Watch and the iOS 9.
A full changelog of the update:
- Subscribe to the BBM Sticker Club to gain access to hundreds of sticker packs, with new additions provided regularly
- Android users can re-order sticker packs to position favorites near the top for quick access.
- Send money to BBM contacts within your BBM conversations using PayPal account integration
- Another one for Android: Customize the font size in your BBM conversations, with pinch-to-zoom functionality
- iOS 9 support with Quick Reply support
- Apple Watch support
- iOS users can now send videos as attachments within conversations.
- View, like, and comment on group pictures and other events from within BBM Feeds.
- Any screenshots taken during a BBM Private Chat will produce an in-chat notification