It took much as well long in the eyes of many, however when BlackBerry initially brought BBM to both Android and iOS, the application and linked solution was met a warm feedback at finest. While it holds true that BBM has, or at the very least had a center user base that was propping BlackBerry up despite its many failings, choices like WhatsApp left Android and iOS customers wondering exactly what all the difficulty had to do with. It didn’t help that the apps just weren’t fantastic, either.

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Today BlackBerry is looking for to correct that by launching BBM 2.0 on both the Google Play Store and the App Store, which was very first promised back in December. Greater than simply a brand-new version number, this new release brings with it a couple of essential additions as well as a minimum of one that sees BlackBerry take Microsoft on in the VoIP market.

The reason for that is the brand-new voice call function that BBM 2.0 has. Skype-like in the same way as all VoIP services have to be, this new function allows those with BBM to contact their BBM-toting pals so long as they have a data hookup. As is so often the way, those phone calls are free, indicating Skype merely acquired some competitors. With the likes of iMessage currently offering a similar attribute, the days of text-only messaging services might be concerning an end.

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Additionally brand-new in BBM 2.0 is Dropbox help for sending out documents per other as well as support for big BBM spaces, perfect for companies that have more than enough individuals in them to attack the previous restriction – – now areas can hold up to FIFTY individuals. Oh, and the ability to send photos, data and audio clips has been included alongside that abovementioned Dropbox assistance.

While they exist they’ll have the ability to utilize a few of the new emoticons. Yes it’s not going to obtain the blood streaming, however in a globe where BlackBerry is still considereded as a business-oriented company, points similar to this cost stating.


The most intriguing addition for us has to be the Glympse-powered place sharing. Now, an individual with BBM can permit their conference attendees know that they are running late while sharing their place in real-time. Nice charts and a little dot mean individuals won’t ever before ponder where you have gotten to again.

Despite these brand-new additions, we’re unsure there’s a large amount of space for BBM on Android or iOS. Competition is intense, and no concern exactly how lots of emoticons BBM 2.0 has, it’s still acquired a battle on its hands if it wishes to break new ground on either system.

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