Blackberry BBM Channels and BBM Voice Available Now for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry Smartphones

14th February 2014
Blackberry have announced that the long awaited and promised BBM Voice and BBM Channels have now gone live in an updated version of Blackberry BBM. The new release incorporates not only Blackberry smartphones but also iPhones and Android devices.

What's New?
The new release adds a number of high profile and extremely useful additions, all designed to save you money as well as making life that little bit easier, these include.
  • Access to Blackberry's BBM Channels
  • Make free voice calls to BBM contacts over a Wi-Fi or data connection with BBM Voice
  • Fast one-click sharing of photos, documents, voice notes and more
  • Share your live location with other BBM contacts with location sharing, powered by Glympse
  • 100 new emoticons
It all sounds good, except maybe that last point. It might just be us but we have yet to find a use for most of the current hundreds of emoticons already out there without diluting the pool some more. But each to their own, download and enjoy.

What are BBM Channels?
BBM Channels allow people to chat with other like minded BBM users by joining channels specifically about whatever it is that most interests you.

BBM Channels are designed to maintain the usual high levels of security and privacy that has come to be expected by BBM users.

Having the ability to opt in or out of channels without having to put up with adverts or constant messages from Channel owners once they have opted out is a welcome blessing.

Regarding the new release, John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Solutions at BlackBerry commented “BBM continues to deliver new functionality as a premier messaging platform that provides a simple and effective way to stay connected. Today’s announcement gives Android and iPhone customers the rich experience of BBM Voice and BBM Channels – two great ways to connect with friends, family and colleagues, to build out communities around shared interests, and to follow your favourite people and brands. BBM continues to quickly evolve as a social mobile platform for consumers as well as for business customers through innovative features that give you great new ways to connect and share with each other.”

Blackberry are a global leader in Wireless communication devices whose headquarters are based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The company was founded by Mike Lazaridis and they are best known for their Blackberry Smartphones and the Playbook Tablet, although they also produce software for businesses including the Blackberry Operating System.

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