BlackBerry Messenger, or shortly BBM, is a free instant messenger which was originally designed for BlackBerry mobile devices only, and after a short period of time the versions for Android, iOS and Windows Mobile were announced to public. The BBM messaging app client allows to send text, graphical messages or voice notes (audio recordings) with high variety of embedded emojis and animated stickers, share your personal or custom location on a map or files (up to 16 MB in size). Also if you download BBM, the application lets you make audio or video calls via built-in camera.
Full review of options available within BBM
Here is a basic description of notable app features that make BBM different from the competitive software products:
- Exchanging messages with a single person or via dedicated chat or discussion groups that allow multiple BlackBerry gadgets to communicate with each other in a single session.
- Free video and audio calls in HD quality resolution.
- The special exclusive BlackBerry PIN model, which allows to keep your phone number private. Your PIN can be of up to 32 characters.
- Enhanced sticker market called BBM Sticker Factory with big number of interactive sticker sets, both static and animated, to acquire and apply. Moreover, you can even create your own personalized sticker via BBMoji service.
- Sharing broadcast messages to all of your contacts or only the selected ones. You can also update your status in BBM with video, image and text to let people know how you feel or what you are up to.
- An easy-to-use app to share your live GPS location to the chosen contacts and to let them follow your route on a map in real-time mode.
- Full customization of your chat background within BlackBerry Messenger according to your personal preferences or style.
- Special Private chat with advanced security and authentication. In Private chat you are entirely safe from prying eyes and screenshots.
- Instant notification when your message has been delivered or read.
- Easy way to find your social network circles on BBM by your phone number.
- A chance to read and subscribe to official news channels from Macleans, BBC News, etc.
- Hundreds of free games to get, load, join and play right from the messenger UI.
- Calling and sharing to Uber without leaving BBM primary window.
- Following scores and matches of your favorite football league.
- A chance to create your own channel to arrange and hold a promo-campaign of specific product or just to share your passions, ideas and thoughts through Internet.
- The last versions of BBM app give an opportunity to specify a timer for messages and photos so that they would disappear after a short period of time.
- Ultimate Retract module which gives you one more chance to take back a message or photo you accidentally sent to the wrong person.
- Unbelievable Feed abilities. You can comment, share and like posts to interact with your friends in easy and convenient way.
- An ability to see a history of all your videos/images and statuses right from a timeline.
The new versions of the package are released quite often, so after you download another upgrade of BlackBerry Messenger application, be ready for some innovative ideas in GUI, usability or component structure of the app, which you definitely need to check out.