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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.

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.

Blackberry outs SecuTABLET, a Samsung Galaxy Tab S with high data security

You can call Blackberry what you want, but you cannot say they’re ones to give up on the business. After lagging behind so much in their mobile device business to top industry players like Apple, Samsung, and Sony, they still have a presence in the industry, especially with mobile security products. This is what the SecuTABLET is – basically, it is an Android tablet with focus on data security.

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.

Samsung reportedly buying BlackBerry

Samsung is reportedly buying Blackberry. According to sources familiar with the matter who opted remain anonymous, Samsung would be looking to gain access to Blackberry’s patent portfolio. If the deal were to go down, the company would be bought for as much as $7.5 billion. It’ll cost $13.35 to $15.49 per share, or 38-60% over what Blackberry currently trades at.

BlackBerry partners with Amazon for Android apps

Android apps running on BlackBerry? This isn't a new thing because apps have been running on BlackBerry 10 OS for some time now but the Canadian smartphone pioneer recently teamed up with Amazon. In line with the arrival of the BlackBerry Classic smartphone, this partnership is an effort to bring more Android goodness to the platform. The new smartphone is said to run BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1, Amazon Appstore, and an Android Runtime.

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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