BBM Receives Major Update

Everything you wanted to know about the latest BBM update.

When BBM’s Matthew Talbot joined us on the UTB Blogcast last December, he told us about an upcoming BBM update that would include some fairly major changes to BBM. That update is here.

Matthew took to the BBM blog to let us know the details of the latest updates. While iOS is seeing a bigger overhaul to the UI, Android users shall notice a fair amount of changes as well. From the blog post:

  • Updated icons for Chats, Contacts, Feeds, Contacts and Discover simplify the main navigation menu
  • Discover icon now appears on the main navigation menu
  • BBM Channels moved from main navigation to BBM Discover screen
  • User profile picture, PIN and other information on your settings is now on the “Me” menu
  • Mute conversations by swiping left on items in your chat list—a new feature
  • Friend requests now appear on the Contacts tab
  • Group chat notifications now include name of group members, as well as group name

An added bonus only for Android users, profile picture updates will appear full size in the feeds tab, so we won’t have to click the image to expand. This should make many users happy.

Also in this release, the introduction of the Chatbot API which will allow BBM Channel owners to bring a Chatbot to their Channel Chat, as well as improvements to Channel Analytics.

BBM is my most used app, and I love seeing how it continues to grow.

Note: These updates are from BBM Emtek for Android and iOS. BB10 BBM is still handled by BlackBerry.


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