In addition to the news that both the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport will launch on AT&T, BlackBerry today had some BBM news to share at CES 2015.
First up, BlackBerry revealed that BBM support for Android Wear is in the works. When the feature launches, you’ll be able to view a message’s sender and the message itself, review and accept invites from BBM contacts, flip through your messages, select a pre-defined message to quickly respond from your smartwatch, and use your voice with Google Now to compose replies.
BlackBerry says that BBM for Android Wear will launch “soon,” but it didn’t provide any other details.
BlackBerry also announced more ways that it plans to earn money through BBM. In addition to selling ads to brands and hawking stickers to consumers, BlackBerry says that it will offer subscriptions that’ll include a “personalized vanity BBM PIN” and remove ads from the user experience. BBM subscriptions will launch sometime in 2015, but it’s not yet clear how much they’ll cost.
So that’s some pretty exciting news for BBM lovers. Android Wear support will let users read and respond to messages without having to take their phone out of their pocket, while subscriptions will let them customize their BBM PIN and remove ads from their experience if they so desire. What will be interesting is seeing how much BlackBerry charges for the chance to claim a special PIN.
How much do you think a BBM subscription should cost?