BBM for Android brings Chat UI improvements and more

Rapid John
Posted on August 17, 2017, 10:08 pm
4 mins

Back in July, the beta of BBM for Android received an update which brought a new chat interface,  richer video sharing and editing options and animated stickers.

Creating and managing groups for chats, events, and discussions was also improved. That beta version has now officially been released.

For those interested in Stickers, they are now listed by categories, new, and free so you can find packs quicker. and  when creating groups, rich features for event and topics are enabled by default.

The last beta version included the ability for users to customize their pins for free, which is not included in this official release. This has been a paid add-on for quite some time and it appeared that, finally, Creative had given up charging for it.




Why it was in the last beta and is not in the official release remains a bit of a mystery.

Summary of What’s New:

  • Chat redesigned with new chat bubbles and a static background
  • Stickers now listed by categories, new, and free so you can find packs quicker
  • When creating groups, rich features for event and topics are enabled by default

 

BBM Video Chat System Requirements and Functionality

BlackBerry 10

  • BlackBerry 10 OS required
  • BlackBerry 10 smartphones are able to start BBM Video Chats to other BlackBerry 10 smartphones
  • BBM Video Chat between BlackBerry 10 and Android or iOS devices is not supported and will provide the option for BBM Voice Chat

iOS

  • iOS version 8 and later required
  • iOS devices are able start BBM Video Chats between other iOS and Android OS devices
  • When a BBM Video Chat is started on an iOS device to BlackBerry 10 smartphones, the call will change to a BBM Voice Chat

Android

  • Android OS 4.4 (KitKat) and later required
  • Android OS devices are able to start BBM Video Chats between other Android OS and iOS devices
  • When a BBM Video Chat is started on an Android device to BlackBerry 10 smartphones, the call will change to a BBM Voice Chat

The following is also noted by BlackBerry

  • Asus phones (and any mobile device using an Intel chipset) are currently not supported and will establish a BBM Voice Call
  • Motorola Moto X (XT1092, XT1095, XT1096) and Lenovo Vibe X (S960) may see one way video, or poor video during a BBM Video Chat
rapidmobile BBM for Android brings Chat UI improvements and more
rapidmobile BBM for Android brings Chat UI improvements and more

Version: Varies with device
Updated:  17 August, 2017
Category: Messaging
Price: Free
Requirements: Varies with device
Developer: BlackBerry
Contains Ads: Yes
In-app Purchases: Yes

Rapid John
Rapid John has a quarter of a century in programming for Government and Corporate bodies and is proficient in most major programming languages.  He is constantly running around showing us his latest bit of code and telling us how fantastic it is. (John we know). He is responsible for carrying out presentations to corporate and business customers and is a BlackBerry Elite.

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