BBM releases Lil’ Shelton sticker pack

Are you one of the users who are currently enjoying the new BBM Stickers? If so, you’d be thrilled with the introduction of the Lil’ Shelton sticker pack. This was brought to you by Eric Uchalik. The pack contains 20 stickers that can be used during BBM conversations.

If you’re interested in following the creator, then you can look up his BBM Channel. Just search for “superfungo”. If not, you can always add him through his PIN: C003D1090.

This is definitely a must-have, especially if you adore turtles or anything that’s remotely cute. Be the envy of all your BBM contacts with these fun stickers.

 

BBM 2.1 is out

In an attempt to better the chat experience on BlackBerry Messenger, a slew of new features were added to the famous instant messaging app. The ones worth noting are the multi-person photo sharing and file transfers with larger capacities.

The update will be rolled out on every platform that it’s available on – Android, BlackBerry and iOS. Also, users are no longer limited to emoticons thanks to the addition of BBM stickers. They bring out the fun in every conversation. Some premium packs are available for purchase through the BBM Shop.

Here’s the official statement from David Proulx, BBM Senior Director.

“Stickers are another great example of how we’re making the BBM experience more engaging and fun for our customers. Stickers let you personalize your chats and strike the right chord with people around the world who rely on stickers in chats when they connect with colleagues, family, friends, peers and partners.”

Latest BBM update leaked

Most of the BlackBerry users who are always updated with the latest BlackBerry news would know that a new update for BlackBerry Messenger is coming soon. Some notable features like sponsored BBM Channels content and BBM Stickers will be added. If you’re too impatient to wait for the official update, you can always download the leaked version.

It can be downloaded here. Of course, you must download it at your own risk. Since this isn’t an official release, caution must be practiced. If you’re still willing to go through with it, you’ll have to sideload this leak on your phone. Some have claimed that it works fine, but of course, you won’t be able to make any in-app purchases.

BBM Money to expand this year

Not everyone is aware of the existence of BBM Money. Actually, the only time you’d ever even use it is if you’re living in Indonesia. However, it seems that the rest of the world will soon be able to experience this service as well. These speculations come from the fact that BBM has expanded to iOS, Android and maybe Windows Phone in the near future.

This is what David Proulx, Senior Director of BBM Business Development said in a recent interview with ReCode:

“Because we are, by nature, private and secure and reliable and regulatory-compliant, we are ideally suited to bring value in mobile money and financial services,” said Proulx. A BBM person-to-person money transfer service has been in trials in Indonesia, but Proulx said to expect BlackBerry to expand to more countries and more services this year. One area of keen interest is international transfers, Proulx said.

It will take time until this will actually happen, but it’s always good to know about what to expect from the BBM team.

BBM values privacy and security above all else

Security breaches are common, especially in the age of the internet. BlackBerry decided to take advantage of this situation by saying that BlackBerry Messenger stands above the rest when it comes to this aspect. The Canadian smartphone company explained that BBM was created with a secure hardware and software foundation. Every single aspect of the app was built with security in mind.

Accordingly, what puts BBM apart from its competitors is that all its data are stored in  an internal secure storage of the Android sandbox. Other apps, however, have to rely on the shared storage space of a device. This works the same way with the iOS version of the app.

Would you pay for a custom BBM pin?

The latest news about BlackBerry Messenger talks about the special invites that were given to some lucky beta testers. Since the people behind the famous instant messaging app are looking for more and more ways to earn from it, they might actually look into charging users if they opt to customize their BlackBerry PIN.

Of course, such a feature would be quite convenient. Aside from being easy to recall, users can add a personal touch to their unique PIN. That sounds way more enticing when compared to the random string of characters you get by default.

This idea sprouted from a private survey that was sent to a select few. One of the questions pointed at the possibility of customizing your BlackBerry PIN. It seems like  a great idea, but will users actually spend on it?

Beta Zone users get BBM update

BlackBerry has been going through great measures just to make BlackBerry Messenger even more marketable. Aside from the ads that were brought for those under the Android BBM beta program, there seems to be more additions to the app. Accordingly, the update also includes an increase of file attachment size from 6MB to 16MB.

This update is made available to both BlackBerry 10 users and the older operating system. However, the attachment size is limited to the former. It is also worth noting that some tweaks were made to the stickers. Users with smaller screen sizes will be happy about this improvement.

All members of the beta program will be receiving emails regarding the update. The next step is to open the Beta Zone app in order to allow the update to take place.

Long-awaited features to come in next BBM update

BBM users might have noticed that the team behind the popular app has been working hard in terms of providing updates. Just recently, BlackBerry has confirmed that the next one is worth looking forward to. Although there isn’t an exact date as of yet, it might be a good idea to keep track of it from time to time.

Some of the notable features to be added include: sending photos in multi-person chats, bigger emoticons and sending files as large as 16MB.

Here is the official statement:

The next release of BBM will support photo sharing in multi person chats. This comes as an addition to existing sharing options that exist in multi person chats – sending voice notes, sharing your location powered by Glympse, and sending files from your Dropbox account. We also understand that customers want to be able to send larger files through BBM. While our file size limit on shared files has historically been set at 6MB, we’re increasing this to 16MB in the next release of BBM. What this means is that you’ll be able to send bigger pictures, larger documents and longer videos.

 

Check out the new BBM emoticons

Do you enjoy catching up with friends on BBM? You’ll definitely love this. Since word is out that BBM 2.0 is slowly being brought to BlackBerry, Android and iOS, it’s worth looking at the new set of emoticons that will be available.

Spice up your conversations with these fun emoticons. There are over 100 new ones. They are of different themes. Some feature animals, others are variations of one emotion. The latest BlackBerry Messenger also has some notable updates. These include improved Dropbox integration and location sharing.

If you look at the featured photo, you’ll notice that there is a whole load of emoticons to choose from. They are rumored to be about 200. There are also some speculations that new ones will be coming soon. Watch out!

No BBM for Windows Phones

News sites are abuzz with BlackBerry’s announcement regarding BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). It seems that the Canadian smartphone company has no intention to bring the famous instant messaging app to Windows Phones. According to a certain site, BlackBerry believes that Windows Phone is “too small” a market to invest in.

This is bad news for all the Windows Phone users who’ve been waiting for a BBM release. It seems that BlackBerry just wants to play it safe on this one.

However, maybe there’s still hope in the future. Windows Phone will have to grow its market share in order to get BlackBerry’s interest though.