“Blackberry Messenger (BBM) upgrade is as a result of the incessant yearnings from our esteem user” Blackberry Limited has said following the release of several new features on the service.
The updated version of the BBM offer users new ways to chat and share with more privacy and control over their communications.
John Sims, president, Global Enterprise Services at BlackBerry said that, “these new enhancements to BBM were highly requested so we’re excited to be delivering them to users today.”
According to him, “these capabilities will allow our users to be more creative in how they deliver their messages while also being confident that their content is kept private and seen only by its intended recipient.”
Blackberry reckons that the upgrade underscore its commitment to making BBM a world class privacy-focused instant messaging application.
At the core of the BBM experience is privacy and control, the technology company said.
“These two notions are more important today than ever before as people are looking for simple ways to help guard against their messages getting into the wrong hands or being seen by anyone other than the intended recipient.”
New features for BBM introduced recently enable users to communicate with more discretion and freedom, the company said.
“These capabilities will allow our users to be more creative in how they deliver their messages while also being confident that their content is kept private and seen only by its intended recipient.”
Key Features of the updated BBM.
Timed Messages: By setting a timer you can control how long messages and pictures you share with contacts can be viewed within BBM.
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.
The user also receives a notification if BBM detects that the recipient has taken a screenshot of the image or message.
Message Retraction: Users can now retract their message to remove it from their BBM chat before it has been read by the recipient or after it has been read so that it is no longer visible within the BBM chat.
High Quality Image Transfer: When a user receives a picture in BBM, they can quickly request an HD version to enjoy the image in full detail.
Faster Sticker Selection: It is now easier for users to browse BBM Stickers and quickly add them to their chats.
Discover New Music: See what music BBM contacts are listening to and show others what songs you’re playing. iPhone users can tap the song and be taken to iTunes for a quick and seamless purchase.
According to Blackberry ‘’Timed Messages and Message Retraction are premium features that will be available free and without restriction to BBM users over the next three months’’
‘’After this time, unrestricted access to these features will become part of a broader bundle of features that will be offered as part of a BBM subscription’’, the company added.
The features are available for download over the next couple of days for BlackBerry 10 smartphones, iPhones and Android smartphones by installing the latest BBM update in BlackBerry World, Apple App Store and Google Play.