BlackBerry Messenger just keeps getting better! The latest update to BBM is now available in the BlackBerry Beta Zone as version 188.8.131.52. This release brings a bunch of new features and fixes like additional animated avatars, better voicenotes, BlackBerry Tag enhancements and more. Here’s the full changelog:
- Animated display pictures
More animated display pictures are now built into BBM. Change your picture to suit your mood.
- Change your name or message inline
You can quickly change your name or status message without leaving your contact list by clicking the text at the top of the screen. To exit inline editing, just scroll down. You can still access your profile screen by clicking your display picture.
- Streamlined voice notes
When your convenience key set to open BlackBerry Messenger, if you highlight a contact in BBM and press the convenience key, you can start recording a voice note. Once you’re done, pressing the convenience key again will send the voice note.
- BlackBerry Tag enhancements
Adding contacts has never been easier. If your BlackBerry smartphone supports NFC technology, you can turn on the Allow Automatic Invitations by Tapping option. Then, as long as you or someone else has BBM open, you can add each other as contacts by aligning the backs of your smartphones. This feature requires that you both have the latest version of BBM installed on smartphones that support NFC technology. (Please note: NFC is only available with OS 7.1 and is not available on the Torch series of 7.x devices: 9810, 9850 or 9860.)
- Improved search
When typing the name of a contact or group, the search ignores special characters and emoticons to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.
- Resend a message
If a message didn’t send (for example, if your smartphone was outside of a wireless coverage area), you can highlight the message and select Resend from the menu.
For more info and to download the latest BBM beta sign up or log in at blackberry.com/beta.
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