BBM gets a brand new look on iOS and support for Lollipop on Android
BlackBerry is today rolling out a new BBM update across all platforms, but it’s the users on Android and iOS who will enjoy its biggest changes. In addition to support for stickers in group chat and improvements to the timed messages function, this release brings a brand new look to iOS and compatibility with Lollipop on Android.
While BlackBerry’s smartphones may be struggling to compete in an increasingly saturated market dominated by Android and iOS devices, the Canadian company’s much-loved messaging service is still going strong. After finally arriving on third-party platforms late last year, it’s been getting all kinds of new features and improvements that just keep coming.
The latest update adds one of the most requested features, BlackBerry says — support for stickers in group chats. Not you can use big, bold icons to show your friends how you’re feeling or what you’re doing, even when there’s more than one recipient involved. And in case you don’t already have enough stickers, all packs are currently just $0.99 for a limited time.
BlackBerry has also improved its new self-destructing messages feature in this update to allow users to send messages that last for up to 60 seconds. What’s more, timed messages and pictures can now be viewed multiple times before the timer expires.
The biggest change in this release is for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. BlackBerry has long been promising design changes that would make BBM feel more at home on third-party platforms, and that’s finally here on iOS. BBM no longer looks identical to its BlackBerry 10 counterpart; it has a much more simplistic interface with cleaner icons and finer fonts.
Android users shouldn’t be too disappointed that they don’t have a redesign yet, though, because they do get Lollipop support, a brand new landscape mode, and delivered and read notifications for pictures (finally!).
It may take up to 24 hours for this BBM update to reach all platforms, BlackBerry says, so if you don’t already see it, try checking again later.