Back at the tail end of last year, BlackBerry teased some of the new features that it planned to bring to BBM in 2014, including BBM Voice and BBM Channels for both the Android and iOS versions of its messaging app. Now those features are officially rolling out to users, as BlackBerry today made a new version of BBM officially official.
BBM 2.0 for Android and iOS, as well as BBM 10.3 for BlackBerry 10, is being made available for download today with new features galore. Along with the aforementioned BBM Voice and Channels support, the apps include Dropbox integration, new emoticons, large BBM groups and more. The full list of features is as follows:
- BBM Voice: Make free calls to other BBM users around the globe using Wi-Fi or a data connection.
- BBM Channels: Groups related to a specific topic, such as a celebrity or business, that allow users to get together and chat about their shared interest. Businesses and brands can create their own channels and interact directly with their fans using Channels.
- Location Sharing: Share your location on a map with friends. Can be set to display for a limited period of time, after which location is made private again.
- Pictures, voice notes and attachments: Quickly share a photo, video, file, calendar event or contact to BBM buddy.
- Dropbox integration: Send and save files directly from your Dropbox account.
- New emoticons: Over 100 new emoticons, all of which can be viewed here.
- Larger BBM Groups: BBM Groups can now include up to 50 users at once.
BlackBerry also notes that consumers using BlackBerry OS5 or higher will also receive an update to BBM 10.3, but that their version won't include location sharing or Dropbox integration.
Overall this looks like a pretty beefy update to BBM that ought to please those Android and iOS folks that've latched onto the service since it debuted on their platforms last year. It's good to see BlackBerry continue to show love to its BBM for Android and iOS apps, and what's even better is that users only had to wait until mid-February for features like BBM Voice and BBM Channels to be added to those apps. Download links to all of the BBM apps can be found below.