Our latest release is packed with improvements to Groups, highly anticipated features such as BBM Desktop beta and Official Accounts, enhanced document sharing for Android, storage management for iOS, and lots more. Be sure to upgrade today via Google Play or the App Store to get the latest, greatest BBM. And read on for all the details.
Groups Are Better Than Ever: 6X members, “D” and “R” status
Groups used to be limited to 50 people. Now, they can fit 300—that’s six times more—for both Android and iOS users! Anytime you create a new Group in the latest BBM, you’ll have the option to choose the old 50-person limit, or the new 300-person limit.
Groups will also now have delivered (D) and read (R) status notes for each member in the group. When anyone in the group sends a message, they’ll be able to see who has received the message, and who’s read it. To view the status, long-tap the message you sent on the chat page and select Info.
This new notification enhances group interaction, since senders will now know who’s seen and read their messages.
BBM Desktop Beta Extends Chat Potential
We’re thrilled to announce that this release kicks off the rollout of BBM Desktop beta for Android users, extending their chat to the desktop, so that they can chat seamlessly across devices. For now, BBM Desktop beta will only be available to selected users.
If you don’t see the Desktop icon in your BBM, rest assured that we’ll roll out the full version to everyone very soon—and will let you know as soon as we do!
In the Desktop beta, users can:
- Choose to view all their chats in a list or in Groups
- Search for specific conversations from the search bar
- Search for a Contact to create a new chat
- Find a contact by alphabetical grouping with the first letter of their name
- View broadcast messages from Channels they subscribe to
We’ll be busy testing this exciting new feature of BBM in the coming weeks, working out all the kinks and making it ready for prime time. So, stay tuned!
Introducing Official Accounts for Indonesia
In this new release, we’re also proudly launching Official Accounts, which provides a convenient way for BBM partners to gather and interact with their audience or followers. Brands, businesses and even celebrities are now able to customize their messages to users who subscribe to their accounts, giving them increased control over how they wish to target and reach out to their followers.
This feature is on both Android and iOS, and is available exclusively for the Indonesian market, for now.
For Brands, Official Accounts enable them to provide timely and value-added content such as contests, promotional codes and marketing materials to their consumers and patrons. Businesses can also utilize Official Accounts as a default messaging tool for internal communications. Celebrities can easily engage and update fans on their activities, post photos and videos, promote fan meetings, single or album releases, and new drama or movie releases.
How to Join Official Accounts as a user:
- From the Contacts tab, click on ‘Official Accounts’
- Join any Official Account by clicking the ‘+’ icon
You will start receiving updates, messages and posts from the Official Account, and you can comment, like and share with your BBM contacts.
For Android: Share More Documents, Show Off Sticker Packs
Android users can now share any type of document faster via both 1:1 and Group chats. In 1:1 chats, it’s an improvement on what we had before, so you can send and receive PDFs, Microsoft office files, RAR and ZIP files—even to users on older versions of BBM. As long as the sender has the today’s release, the files will go through.
Document sharing in Groups is a new feature. You can also share any type of document in Groups, but it’s not backwards compatible, so everyone in the group will need to upgrade to receive the files.
Also for Android users, next time you get new BBM stickers, you can let your friends and family see a sample! Whenever you download a new sticker pack, you’ll now have the option to share a preview on your timeline. Click OK, and we’ll take care of the rest.
For iOS: Manage Storage, Call from Contacts, Respond Faster
Sending photos, GIFs, video voice messages, and documents in your chats can eat up a lot of storage space after a while. Now, iOS users can manage storage by the type of content in individual chats (like Android users have been able to since last month’s release). Go to Settings > Data and Storage usage > Storage Usage, where you’ll see your chats sorted by the space they consume (largest on top). Select a chat to see a breakdown and decide what to keep and what to delete from the list.
The latest BBM version integrates even more with your native iOS apps. Now you can make BBM Voice and Video calls from Contacts. Just select a contact, and long-press the call or video icon, and select BBM.
You know the BBM notifications that appear at the top of your screen when you get a message? Well, they just got smarter. Now you can view messages, reply quickly or mute all from the notification bar—without having to open your BBM. When a notification appears, tap it to reveal your new options.
Easily Give Your BBMoji a Makeover! New Me Tab Access
Both Android and iOS users can now update their personalized BBMoji stickers, editing what you already have, or adding a new selfie. Making changes is even faster than before, because you can now access BBMoji from the Me tab. On the Me tab, just click BBMoji to replace your old selfie with a new one.
New Busy Message and Tone on Call Screen
If you happen to call someone who’s already on a BBM call, you’ll now see a message and hear a tone on the call screen. Previously, a busy call would close and send you back to chat screen with a generic message announcing the recipient was busy. Now, you stay in the call interface, and BBM tells you that your contact is on another call. This improvement is live on both Android and iOS versions of BBM.
These improvements are just the big ones that we’re highlighting. Be sure to upgrade your favorite messaging app via Google Play or the App Store today to get the rest of the improvements. Stay tuned for the next release coming soon!