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BBM adds private messages to its new subscription service

Blackberry's BBM service has continued to be its "prime product" as they constantly update it with new features that would appeal to those who rely on messaging services to communicate with colleagues and loved ones. What differentiates them though is that they have subscription services for those who would like a little more than what the free messaging services offer. The latest one includes a new Private Chat feature that will "protect" you and your chatmate since there are no names involved.

BBM Beta shows off Material Design, message editing, private chats

It took them a while to catch up in terms of design, but at least Blackberry is getting there when it comes to its strongest remaining product to date. BBM (Blackberry Messenger if you didn't know yet) is finally getting a Material Design upgrade, as well as new features to "make it even better" for its more than a million users worldwide. The update however is still in its beta phase, so it might not still work perfectly as you would expect.

BBM timed messages, message retraction now on subscription

Blackberry may not be the most popular kid in the block, but it still commands a loyal following from a certain group of people, particularly for its Blackberry Messenger or BBM. The latest update to the messaging app may be a mixed bag for its users. The good news is that it brings a few new features, like better voice chat and better broadcast message options. The bad news is that some features that were previously free are now removed and instead, put in a subscription service.

Social gaming now available on your Blackberry Messenger

While Blackberry has taken a huge fall in recent years and has earned a rep for being a poster boy for failing in the age of digital and gadgets, they have been slowly trying to reinvent themselves, focusing more on software technology rather than creating more hardware. Their latest move is to introduce social gaming to BBM users through the BBM Connect Games for Android. This is following in the footsteps of other messaging apps also integrating games onto your normal, everyday chats.

PushBullet now lets you reply to BBM and GroupMe as well

PushBullet is shaping up to be one very useful but also somewhat rather odd app. What once started as a simply way to "push" links and files is now slowly but surely becoming a courier as well. Just weeks after it opened the doors to WhatsApp, Hangouts, Facebook and other popular messaging services, now it is welcoming BBM and GroupMe into the family. And like those other apps, you not only get a notification about the message on your computer, you can actually reply to them as well right then and there.

BBM Protected now available for Android users through BBM app

BBM Protected is a product that Blackberry has been offering to enterprises to allow employees to chat without there being any danger of any corporate secrets leaking out, since a lot of messaging apps don't have reliable security. Previously, all the chat participants needed to be on a Blackberry and Blackberry Protect specifically, but now, you can also be on it, even if you are on an Android device.

BBM reaches 100M downloads on Google Play Store

If you think that Blackberry is down and out for the count, you might want to think again. Well, at least when it comes to their Blackberry Messenger on Android devices. The OEM has announced they have reached 100 million downloads on the Google Play Store, putting them in the "top tier of messaging apps" in just a little more than a year since they became available for Android smartphones and tablets.

BBM update: customizable PIN, Android Wear support

For the 10 people (okay, maybe 20) who still have a Blackberry among your contacts, having a Blackberry Messenger is still very much convenient way of communicating with the rest of the Android, Windows or iOS people. The latest update for their BBM for Android app brings more customizable options as well as support for those who have Android Wear smartwatches.

BBM for Android Wear smartwatches unveiled at CES 2015

As you can imagine Android was in full force at CES 2015 with lots of new products using the OS and designed to run on it. One of the things that turned up at the show that BBM fans might like is a new version of BBM that is designed to run on Android Wear smartwatches.

BBM for Android update: Lollipop, stickers and longer timer

Just in case you've somehow forgotten, BlackBerry Messenger is still alive and is on other platforms as well, giving the loyal BlackBerry users a free messaging connection to those on Android, iOS, etc. The latest update brings a host of other features that has been available in other messaging apps but is now just being adapted by BBM. Still, better late than never.
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