BlackBerry announces new features for BBM

Smartphone vendor BlackBerry today announced new features for BBM.

The new features are aimed at offering strengthening more privacy and control over BBM users’ communications.

BBM comes with new features such as Timed Messages, Message Retraction, High Quality Image Transfer, Faster Sticker Selection and Discover New Music, said BlackBerry.

BlackBerry will offer Timed Messages and Message Retraction features as part of a BBM subscription after the next three months. Currently, these are available free and without restriction to BBM users over the next three months.

Timed Messages enables users to set a timer to 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. Once the timer has expired (or if the recipient takes their finger off the screen), the message will not be visible. The user also receives a notification if BBM detects that the recipient has taken a screenshot of the image or message.

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Message Retraction feature allows users to 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 can be used for requesting an HD version of an image when a user receives a picture in BBM.

Faster Sticker Selection is for users to browse BBM Stickers and quickly add them to their chats.

Discover New Music, one of the new features, allows you to see what music your BBM contacts are listening to and show others what songs you’re playing. Apple iPhone users can tap the song and be taken to iTunes for a quick and seamless purchase.

Anand B


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