BlackBerry Adds Voice Calls and Channels for Andoid/iPhone BBM Users
Published on: 14th Feb 2014
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BlackBerry has announced that it is offering an upgraded version of its BBM app for all three smartphone platforms BlackBerry, iOS and Android.
Android and iPhone customers will now be able to make free voice calls to BBM contacts over a Wi-Fi or data connection with BBM Voice, as well as access BBM Channels.
In addition, BBM customers on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones will have more to chat about with fast one-click sharing of photos, documents, voice notes and more.
BBM users will also be able to share their live location for a specified amount of time with other BBM contacts by using location sharing, powered by Glympse, and will have 100 new emoticons available to help them say what's on their mind.
"BBM continues to quickly evolve as a social mobile platform for consumers as well as for business customers through innovative features that give you great new ways to connect and share with each other." said John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Solutions at BlackBerry.
BBM Channels lets customers chat with other BBM users about topics that interest them. Customers can join channels about a range of topics from products, hobbies and sports to entertainment, fashion, cars and more.
With location sharing powered by Glympse, customers can now share their real-time location with one or several BBM contacts for a specified amount of time. BBM puts control in the customers' hands, allowing them to specify how long they want to share their location for, by setting a timer. When the timer runs out the customers' location becomes private again.
Built-in support for Dropbox makes it easy to send large files like presentations and videos. With Dropbox built in to BBM, users can send a file from their personal cloud directly to a BBM contact. On the receiving end, users can save the file directly to their smartphone or add it to their Dropbox account.
BBM customers have been asking for more emoticons, and now more than 100 new emoticons have been added.