BlackBerry Messenger BBM for iOS was updated to version 2.0 on Thursday, with added support of voice calls, channels, location, attachments, Dropbox and more. BBM for iOS is one of the major messaging platform on the iPhone.
BlackBerry Messenger was native to the BlackBerry’s own line of devices the the company recently ported the app to iOS and Android smartphones and it made some incredible revenue here as well.
Today, we’re excited to be adding those great new features and more to BBM that users on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry** can enjoy. When the update becomes available later today, these new features will give you more ways to chat and share than ever before on BBM, – BlackBerry staff
The “great new features” list is a long list. First, BlackBerry introduced free voice calls to BBM users across the globe over WiFi or cellular network in the app. You can easily call any online BBM users using the free service.
Another new feature of the app are the BBM Channels. A BBM channel is simply a chat room in other words. Users can create/join channels and communicate with a bunch of people all at once.
Glympse-powered location sharing is also one useful and important feature added to this app. Location sharing is already supported by the other major apps like Whatsapp, Viber, etc.
BBM just made file sharing much simpler and fast – and just one tap away. You can share audio clips, pictures and other file attachments from your device with another BBM user.
Cloud storage is something we don’t really find in messaging apps. BBM however introduces Dropbox integrations which lets the users send/receive files from/on their cloud storage drive.
The app also includes over 100 new emoticons and supports BBM groups of 50 people as per the request and suggestion of several users. Like a traditional software update, this BBM update also fixes certain bugs and improves the overall performance of the app.
BBM has added several features to their iOS app in this new update. But apparently not a large portion of the target user-base is satisfied with this because of their claims “iMessage is still better” and “BBM copies Whatsapp”.
The app is a 49.1 MB download on the App Store. [Direct Link]