BBM for Android beta app update brings BBM Channels, BBM Voice and more emoticonsAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Weeks after BlackBerry teased that it'd be bringing BBM Voice and BBM Channels to BBM for Android and iPhone users, the company has done just that. However, the rollout is limited to members of the BBM for Android beta testing group for now.
BlackBerry today updated its BBM for Android app in the BlackBerry Beta Zone with support for both BBM Voice, which allows two BBM users to conduct free voice calls, and the BBM Channels social network that lets users follow and interact with their favorite brands and people. The updated BBM for Android beta also includes improvements to file sharing and more than 100 new emoticons.
BlackBerry previously only said that it would be bringing BBM Channels and BBM Voice to its Android and iOS apps sometime in 2014, so it's good to see that the device maker is rolling out the new features to its BBM for Android beta app less than a week into 2014. There's no word yet on when the goodies will be pushed to the public versions of the BBM for Android and iOS apps, but here's to hoping that since the Android beta app now includes them, it won't be long before testing is complete and they're pushed to us regular folk.