BBM Snapchat? New beta preview shows off timed messages, and message retraction.

“New BBM Beta: Ultra-Private, Yours to Control” (INSIDE BLACKBERRY)
“New BBM Beta: Ultra-Private, Yours to Control” (INSIDE BLACKBERRY)

The BBM team are keeping very busy, adding loads of new features to their messaging client platform.  We already know that the ability to upload HQ images by default is on its way as well as a “Sticker Picker” (say that five times really fast), for make picking your stickers easier in a chat.  Good stuff.  But they’re not stopping there.  Now they’re adding a feature that SnapChat users already enjoy (albeit with some security concerns):  the ability to send timed messages and images that expire after a preset timeout.  AND it’s built with security in mind, any screenshots are detected and the sender is notified.  Nice.


By setting a timer you can control how long messages and pictures you share with contacts can be viewed within BBM. Setting the timer is super easy: Before you send your message or picture, you just tap on the timer icon next to the text bar and choose a length of time you want the recipient to be able to view that message. The message is hidden until the recipient touches and holds on the chat. Then, once the timer has expired (or if the recipient takes their finger off the screen), the message is no longer visible. What I love about the timer is that I can move seamlessly between timed messages and normal messages in a single chat depending on what I’m sending. Oh, and don’t get any smart ideas about screen shots…if a screen shot is detected, the sender is notified.

And if that wasn’t enough to make you do a happy Snoopy dance, all you drunk texters will be pleased to know that BlackBerry’s not forgotten you either.  Message retraction will also be added at the same time.  And haven’t we all had at least one moment when we wish we could just hit an UNSEND button?  Again, from INSIDE BLACKBERRY:

We’ve all been there, that time when you sent a message to the wrong person. Wouldn’t it be great if you could recall that message before they see it? Or maybe you’ve sent a piece of sensitive info to a contact – like your credit card number so they can buy some concert tix for you – and you don’t want that information to remain in the BBM chat it… Well, now you can retract your message to remove it from your BBM chat. Just touch and hold on the message you want to retract and choose ‘retract message’ from the menu. This one works with messages, not pictures, and is only available in one-to-one chats.

They didn’t say drunk text, so I said it for them.

Donny Halliwell sat down with Jeff Gadway for a hands on preview so if you’d like to see it in action, here you go:

HQ images, sticker picker, message retraction, timed messages and pictures…  And it’s launching simultaneously on iOS, Android and BlackBerry (sorry Windows users) “very soon”.  In BlackBerry-speak I’m going to go out on a limb and translate that as 4 – 6 weeks.

Are you excited for this?  And what else does this powerful messaging platform need?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

SOURCE: INSIDE BLACKBERRY – New BBM Beta: Ultra Private, Yours To Control