BBM for Android updated; BBM Voice, Channels and more in tow

BBM for Android updateBlackBerry has released the much-awaited update for BBM in Google Play. It brings the promised features like BBM Voice, Channels, Location sharing and more. Available for download now, this update should help the app with more adoption as the initial version of BBM wasn’t really providing any incentives to choose it over other apps in the crowded market.

“BBM continues to deliver new functionality as a premier messaging platform that provides a simple and effective way to stay connected. Today’s announcement gives Android and iPhone customers the rich experience of BBM Voice and BBM Channels – two great ways to connect with friends, family and colleagues, to build out communities around shared interests, and to follow your favorite people and brands,” said John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Solutions at BlackBerry.

Here are the detailed changes:

BBM Channels: 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. Channels can be created by brands, businesses and BBM customers alike and are a great way to communicate directly and immediately with people who share common interests in the broader BBM community.

BBM Voice: It is pretty simple. Free voice calls between BBM contacts

Location Sharing: users can now share their real-time location with one or several BBM contacts for a specified amount of time

Dropbox Support: Built-in support for Dropbox to send large files

Emoticons: 100 new emoticons have been added

Larger BBM Groups: You can now chat and share with 50 people in your BBM Group

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