- Enjoy a new selections of animated avatars
- Send voice notes more easily back and forth
- Simpler way to change your Name and Personal Message
- Tagging is now even quicker
- Improved Contact Search
More BBM-Connected Apps Set to Launch
Series of BlackBerry App Updates Will Make It Easier to Keep Your BBM Community In The Know
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – April 11, 2012) – A series of updates of popular BlackBerry® apps will be released over the coming days to make it even easier for users to stay connected with their BBMTM (BlackBerry® Messenger) community. Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced that Facebook® for BlackBerry smartphones, Twitter® for BlackBerry smartphones, BlackBerry® TravelTM, BlackBerry App WorldTM and BBM Music will now include BBM connectivity, making it even easier for users to stay in touch with their contacts, share experiences and content, and discover new things from their BBM community.
“Since we provided developers the means to build BBM connectivity into their apps, we have seen more than 800 new BBM-connected apps come to market, which has been followed by a huge uptake by users – about one of every five apps being downloaded on BlackBerry App World is a BBM-connected app,” said Alec Saunders, VP of Developer Relations at RIM. “Today we’re excited to announce that RIM has also integrated BBM connectivity into a number of our own popular apps and the BBM-connected revolution continues to grow.”
Facebook and Twitter Apps Integrated with BBM
Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones (version 3.0) and Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones (version 3.0) now allow users to automatically share their Facebook status or latest Tweet with their BBM friends right from within the app.
BlackBerry Travel Goes Social
It is now easier than ever to update those who matter most about your travel plans. The new BlackBerry Travel app (version 2.5) is now BBM-connected, allowing users to share their travel plans and flight changes directly with select BBM contacts or with their entire BBM community.
App Sharing Made Simpler
With BBM (version 6.2) and BlackBerry App World (version 3.1.2), users can easily update their BBM profile to let their friends know about the great new app they’ve just downloaded on BlackBerry App World. With this updated version of BlackBerry App World, users can also instantly share info about their favorite app or a list of their installed apps with friends using BlackBerry® Tag*.
BBM Music – Music Discovery Made Better
With the enhanced BBM Music (version 1.2), discovering music and making friends is easier than ever. New BBM Music friends can be recommended to users right from within the BBM Music app itself, making it easier for users to connect and expand their music collection. The new feature even allows users to sample others’ songs before accepting new contacts on BBM Music.
BBM Made Better
In addition to integration with BlackBerry App World, BBM (version 6.2) offers a polished, enhanced and more personal experience. It includes a new selection of animated avatars, a simpler way of updating one’s personal message in their profile, and now allows users to quickly send voice notes.
Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones version 3.0 is available now and Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones version 3.0, BlackBerry Travel version 2.5, BlackBerry App World version 3.1.2, BBM Music version 2.1 and BBM version 6.2 are scheduled to be available for download over the next ten days on BlackBerry App World (www.blackberry.com/appworld)**. Stay tuned to BlackBerry social channels to confirm when each app becomes available.
* BlackBerry Tag requires an NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphone running BlackBerry® 7.1 OS or higher.
** Some apps may not be available in some countries.
Clicking the trackpad in the inline display name or personal message field opens the “My Profile” screen for right-to-left languages. Please note that issues with broadcast messages appearing in black, or links in broadcast messages appearing in purple, will be fixed in a future OS upgrade.
- Missing BBM icon on OS 5.0
- Issues scrolling up through older messages on OS 6.0
- Issue selecting all the text by scrolling up/down in the inline display name and personal message fields
- Scrolling quickly in the inline edit view allowed the focus to move out onto your avatar
- Pressing the Enter key while the focus is on your avatar initiated the inline edit view
- In the inline display name or personal message field, smileys were highlighted when added via the “Add Smiley” menu option
- Unable to scroll in certain directions within the inline display name and personal message field
- No “Save” menu option or prompt dialog when the inline display name or personal message field only contains smileys
- No red splat on the BBM icon after deleting a group icon from the Home Screen and receiving a group notification
- Notification view/today view does not show BBM Messages
Features in this Beta:
Animated display pictures- More animated display pictures are now built into BBM. Change your picture to suit your mood.
Change your name or message inline- You can quickly change your name or status message without leaving your contact list by clicking the text at the top of the screen. To exit inline editing, just scroll down. You can still access your profile screen by clicking your display picture.
Streamlined voice notes- When your convenience key set to open BBM, if you highlight a contact in BBM and press the convenience key, you can start recording a voice note. Once you’re done, pressing the convenience key again will send the voice note. Group chats. You can return to the default color at any time.
BlackBerry Tag enhancements- Adding contacts has never been easier. If your BlackBerry smartphone supports NFC technology, you can turn on the Allow Automatic Invitations by Tapping option. Then, aslong as you or someone else has BBM open, you can add each other as contacts by aligning the backs of your smartphones.
This feature requires that you both have the latest version of BBM installed on smartphones that support NFC technology.
Resend a message- If a message didn’t send (for example, if your smartphone was outside of a wireless coverage area), you can highlight the message and select Resend from the menu.
Search- When typing the name of a contact or group, the search ignores special characters and emoticons to make it easier to find what you’re looking for