BlackBerry Messenger

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BlackBerry Messenger (BBM)
BlackBerry Messenger logo.png
Developer(s) BlackBerry Ltd.
Stable release
Development status Active
Operating system BlackBerry OS 5 and later
BlackBerry Tablet OS 1 and later
iOS 6 and later
Android 2.3 only and 4.0 or later
Windows Phone 8.0 and later
Platform BlackBerry
iOS
Android
Windows Phone
Available in Multilingual
Type Instant Messaging Client
License Proprietary
Website www.blackberry.com/bbm

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is a proprietary Internet-based pin instant messenger and videotelephony application included on BlackBerry devices that allows messaging and voicecalls between BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone and Android users. Users on Blackberry 10 can also use videocalling. It was developed by the manufacturer of the BlackBerry, BlackBerry Limited (formerly known as Research In Motion Limited (RIM)). Messages sent via BlackBerry Messenger are sent over the Internet and use the BlackBerry PIN system. Communication was only possible between BlackBerry devices until late 2013 when BBM was released on iOS and Android systems. There are 85 million BBM users worldwide and BlackBerry infrastructure handled 30 petabytes of data traffic each month by early 2013.[1]

The service communicates over the phone's Internet connection using the mobile phone network. A wireless LAN ("Wi-Fi") network connected to the Internet may also be used to send messages, most service providers allow sign-in to BlackBerry Messenger if you have a BlackBerry data plan.[2] Blackberry data plans are not needed for Blackberry 10, iOS, Windows Phone and Android.

Exchanging messages is possible to a single person or via dedicated discussion or chat groups, which allow multiple BlackBerry devices to communicate in a single session. In addition to offering text-based instant messages, BlackBerry Messenger also allows users to send pictures, voicenotes (audio recordings), files, location on a map and a wide selection of emoticons. Also contacts can make voicecalls with each other over the WiFi or mobile network and the top spec devices can even make videocalls.

With the release of BlackBerry Messenger 5.0, BlackBerry allows users to use a QR Code to add each other to their respective friends lists rather than using only numeric PIN identification or an email address associated with the user's BlackBerry. Recent BlackBerry devices can also exchange BBM contacts using Near Field Communication technology. Users can also set animated gif pictures as their display pictures,[3][4] although animated pictures have a 32KB size limit.[5][6] To design animated GIFs for BBM you'll need graphic design suites like Adobe PhotoShop or a simpler suite like FlashDP.

The release of BlackBerry Messenger 6.0 introduced additional traits. This update is focused on social communication mediums, including 'BBM Connected Apps', which allow the user to invite friends to share their favourite BlackBerry Applications.

With the release of BlackBerry Messenger 7.0 in December 2012, voice chat was introduced. The new feature is called BBM Voice Call.

Version History[edit]

BlackBerry OS[edit]

BlackBerry Messenger 7

  • date release: March 11, 2010
  • A new selection of emoticons is integrated
  • Allows user to Free Call over WiFi

BlackBerry Messenger 8

  • date release: November 26, 2013
  • BBM Channels
  • All new design interface
  • Enhanced BBM Updates
  • Performance enhancements
Version Released Notes
8.5.0.18[7] June 16, 2014 - Add Support BBM Protected

- increased limit transfer file to 16 MB
- 16 new emoticons
- improved the experience of adding new contacts via email

8.2.0.18 April 1, 2014 -Add more fun to your BBM chats with the introduction
of stickers available in the new BBM Shop

- Other bug fixes and performance improvements

8.1.0.20 February 13, 2014 - 100 new emoticons

- Get your point across
with great new emojis

8.0.0 November 26, 2013 BBM Channels
7.0.1 March 11, 2010 Bug fixes and stability improvements
7.0.0 March 11, 2010 - BBM Voice Chat

- A new selection of
emoticons is integrated

6.2.0 August 29, 2009 - Finnish language support

- Animated display pictures
- Change your name or message inline
- Streamlined voice notes
- BlackBerry Tag enhancements
- Resend a message
- Search contacts features
- Bug fixes & stability improvements

6.1.0 N/A N/A
6.0.1 N/A N/A
6.0.0 N/A Sharing Apps
5.0.1 N/A N/A
5.0.0 N/A N/A

BlackBerry 10[edit]

Version Released Notes
10.3.33.18 June 16, 2014 - Introducing support for BBM Protected

- Support for chat wallpapers in the BBM Shop
- 16 new emoticons
- Improved experience for adding new BBM contacts by email
- Updates tab is now called ‘Feeds'

10.3.12.75 April 1, 2014 - Add more fun to your BBM chats with the introduction
of stickers available in the new BBM Shop

- Increased file transfer size (16MB) lets you share
higher quality photos, bigger files and longer videos
- Picture sharing in multi-person chats makes it easy to send a pic
to a group of people so you can all talk about it together
- Other bug fixes and performance improvements

Android[edit]

Version Released Notes
2.3.0.14 July 31, 2014 A newly redesigned ‘Add Contacts’ screen where you can quickly and easily:

- Add new contacts to BBM by PIN, email, SMS, and barcode
- Review and accept invites from other BBM users
- Find friends using BBM
- Invite address book contacts to download BBM
- Display your barcode and scan barcodes all in one screen
- Bug fixes and performance improvements

2.2.1.45 July 15, 2014 - Bug fixes and performance improvements
2.2.1.40 June 17, 2014 - Bug fixes and performance improvements
2.2.0.28 June 6, 2014 - Fix to address missing emotions

- Fix to prevent some users from receiving
delayed messages after closing BBM

2.2.0.27 May 30, 2014 - Fix to prevent users from receiving
delayed messages after closing BBM
2.2.0.25 May 29, 2014 - Simple sign up for new BBM users

- New sign in screen for existing BBM users
- Improved experience for adding new BBM contacts by email
- Updates tab has been re-named ‘Feeds’
- 16 new emoticons
- Bug fixes and performance improvements

2.1.1.53 April 18, 2014 - Bug fixes and performance improvements
2.1.0.40 April 1, 2014 - Add more fun to your BBM chats with the introduction
of stickers available in the new BBM Shop

- Increased file transfer size (16MB) lets you share
higher quality photos, bigger files and longer videos
- Picture sharing in multi-person chats makes it easy to send a pic
to a group of people so you can all talk about it together
- Other bug fixes and performance improvements

2.0.0.19 March 10, 2014 - Fix to enable sharing of emotions in status updates

- Improved response time when opening BBM chat and group screen
- Addresses issues that some users may have
experienced when receiving a URL in a BBM chat
- Includes optimizations to battery life when on a BBM Voice Call

February 18, 2014 Support Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread)
2.0.0.13 February 13, 2014 - BBM Voice - Free voice calls between BBM contacts

- BBM Channels - join conversations happening now with
BBM users, brands, businesses, communities and more
- Faster, easier sharing – quickly add photos, voice notes,
files and attachments to your BBM chats from your
smartphone or Dropbox account integration
- Location sharing - Share your location temporarily,
powered by Glympse.
- 100 new emoticons
- Larger BBM Groups – You can now chat and share
with 50 people in your BBM Group

1.0.4.97 February 6, 2014 This new update makes it easy to quickly build your

contact list by helping you find and add friends using BBM.

1.0.3.87 November 27, 2013 - Bug fixes including a fix that addresses an

error that occurs while adding contact categories

1.0.2.83 November 14, 2013 - Support for BBM Contact Categories

- BBM Group List sorting and filtering improvements
- More options for sharing your BBM PIN Barcode
- Find your friends on other social networks who are also using BBM
- Addresses an issue where some users may have experienced higher battery use

1.0.0.72 October 25, 2013 - Bug fixes and performance enhancements

- Support for additional Android devices

1.0.0.70 October 21, 2013 Initial release
1.0.0.42 September 21, 2013

12:00

First release for Android: 12:00 NZST (Pulled Out)

iOS[edit]

Version Released Notes
2.2.1.24 June 18, 2014 - Bug fixes and performance improvements
2.2.0.19 June 2, 2014 - Simple sign up for new BBM users

- New sign in screen for existing BBM users
- Improved experience for adding new BBM contacts by email
- Updates tab has been re-named ‘Feeds’
- 16 new emoticons
- Bug fixes and performance improvements

2.1.1.64 April 18, 2014 - Bug fixes and performance improvements
2.1.0.57 April 1, 2014 - Add more fun to your BBM chats with the introduction
of stickers available in the new BBM Shop

- Increased file transfer size (16MB) lets you share
higher quality photos, bigger files and longer videos
- Picture sharing in multi-person chats makes it easy to send
a pic to a group of people so you can all talk about it together
- Other bug fixes and performance improvements

2.0.1.36 February 25, 2014 - Fixes issues some users might be experiencing
when trying to create BBM Groups with 50 people

- Addresses issues that some users may have experienced
when receiving a URL in a BBM chat
- Improved response time when opening
a BBM Chat from notifications
- Includes optimizations to battery
life when on a BBM Voice call

2.0.0.31 February 13, 2014 - BBM Voice - Free voice calls between BBM contacts

- BBM Channels - join conversations happening now with
BBM users, brands, businesses, communities and more
- Faster, easier sharing – quickly add photos, voice notes,
files and attachments to your BBM chats from
your smartphone or Dropbox account integration
- Location sharing - Share your location temporarily, powered by Glympse.
Your location is updated live on a map, right in BBM.
When the timer runs out your location is private again.
- 100 new emoticons – Get your point across with great new emojis
- Find Friends – Quickly find and add new BBM contacts
from your smartphone contact list
- Larger BBM Groups – You can now chat and share
with 50 people in your BBM Group

1.0.6.157 February 5, 2014 This new update makes it easy to quickly build your

contact list by helping you find and add friends using BBM.

1.0.4.126 November 14, 2013 - Support for iPod and iPad devices running iOS6 and iOS7

- Improvements to right-to-left language support
- More options for sharing your BBM PIN Barcode
- Find your friends on other social networks who are also using BBM
- Fixes an issue where some users would be missing BBM contact names

1.0.3.120 October 25, 2013 Bug fixes
1.0.2.114 October 24, 2013 N/A
1.0.1.108 October 21, 2013 Initial release
1.0.0.70 September 22, 2013

00:01

First release for iOS: 00:01 NZST (Pulled Out)

Windows Phone[edit]

BBM for Windows Phone is now available on Windows Phone Store Download link

Reliability[edit]

BlackBerry Messenger is widely reputed for its uptime and reliability.[8][9] However, from October 10 – 12, 2011, those using the service within North America, Europe, the Middle-East and Africa were widely affected by an outage at provider RIM's UK headquarters in Slough, Berkshire. BlackBerry Messenger was reported to be unavailable, seriously affecting the company's reputation.[10][11]

Features[edit]

  • Make BBM Video calls or Screen Share over Wi-Fi or the mobile network on the latest smartphones (only BlackBerry 10).
  • Send and receive messages with unlimited length.
  • Choose a personal BBM display picture and status.
  • Real-time confirmations when messages are being written, delivered and read.
  • Share photos, videos and more with multiple contacts at once.
  • Add contacts by scanning QR Codes, using NFC technology or sharing PINs.
  • Send files such as documents, photos, music, videos up to 16MB.
  • Create and join groups where you can share and discuss lists, photos etc.
  • Share location.
  • Create, likes or comment BBM Channels.
  • Free Call BBM contacts over Wi-Fi (only BlackBerry OS).
  • Voice Call BBM contacts over Wi-Fi and mobile data [BBM app Android]

Trademark conflict with BBM Canada[edit]

In late December 2011, the broadcast ratings provider BBM Canada (which has maintained the BBM trademark in Canada since 1944) has asked Research in Motion to cease using the BBM initialisation to describe the BlackBerry Messenger service, or finance the cost for BBM Canada to change their branding in exchange for the use of the BBM initialisation, or face further legal action.[12] The suit was dismissed in 2012 by Canadian federal courts as being without merit,[13] and BlackBerry uses the terms "BBM" and "BlackBerry Messenger" equivalently and interchangeably, as seen in in the company's official website for the service.

Availability on other mobile operating systems[edit]

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins announced on May 14, 2013, that BlackBerry Messenger will be available on iOS and Android in the Summer of 2013.[14] This will mark the first steps of Blackberry Messenger reaching beyond its own platform, as it has never been available on competing hardware before.

It was rumoured that BlackBerry Messenger would launch on June 27, 2013 for Android and iOS.[15] This was later denied by BlackBerry and an actual release date was yet to be announced.[16]

On June 21, 2013, A BlackBerry Messenger application was spotted on the Play Store. However, it turned out to be a fake.[17]

A World Wide release for BBM on Android was slated for September 21, 2013, which was officially announced by Blackberry, it was also announced that it would work on Android devices running 4.x.x (Ice Cream Sandwich & above)[18]

BlackBerry confirmed that BBM for iPhone would release on September 22, a day later after the official Android release and would work on iPhones running iOS 6 & later.[19] However, during the worldwide rollout of BBM for Android and iPhone on September 21, 2013, 1.1 million Android users downloaded a leaked BlackBerry Messenger APK which caused BlackBerry to cease the launching of BlackBerry Messenger on both Android and iOS platforms.[20]

BBM was officially released on iOS and Android on 21 October 2013. 5 million downloads were recording in the first 8 hours of its release. BBM is currently (late 2013) the No. 1 free app in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.[21] In total, the app had over 10 million downloads on the first day.[22]

At 24 February BlackBerry officially confirmed BBM for Windows Phone and Nokia X are coming in next months or late in June this summer. Nokia confirmed preinstalled BBM on Nokia X devices.[23]

Features that would be available on other mobile operating systems[edit]

For now BBM for Multi-Platform will offer Personal Chats, Group Chat up to 30 people, Status Updates and can send or receive messages up to 2000 Characters. BlackBerry plans to integrate BBM Channels, BBM Voice and BBM Video to its application on Android and iPhones towards the end of 2013.[24]

In early January 2014, A beta update for BBM on Android was released to testers. The update includes BBM Voice & BBM Channels.[25] In February 2014, a update (2.0.0.13) was officially released to Android and iOS users containing the awaited features along with some other features including new emotions and changes including a new look for Updates featuring choices to show All, Contacts or Channels filters.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BlackBerry handled 30 petabytes of data monthly
  2. ^ "What do I need a Data Plan for?". Research In Motion Limited. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  3. ^ "How to create an animated BBM display picture". CreativityKills. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "How to create free animated display picture for Blackberry messenger". 2014-01-02. 
  5. ^ "File requirements for animated avatars in BlackBerry Messenger". Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Animated BBM DP Limits". FlashDP. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  7. ^ What's new in BBM 8.5
  8. ^ "Why BlackBerry: Messaging – a Collective testimonial of BlackBerry users". BBerryDog Forum. 
  9. ^ "new iMessage service a rival for BlackBerry Messenger". technoreview.net. 
  10. ^ "BlackBerry service crash affects BBM messaging for millions". The Guardian. October 10, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Research In Motion on Twitter: post on 10 Oct 2011 at 15:15 BST". Research In Motion. 
  12. ^ Marlow, Ian (December 23, 2011). "RIM asks court to dismiss BBM trademark lawsuit". The Globe and Mail (Canada). Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  13. ^ "RIM BBM Lawsuit". 
  14. ^ BlackBerry to launch BBM on iOS and Android this summer
  15. ^ BBM for Android and iOS to be released June 27th (Rumor)
  16. ^ BlackBerry denies Android and iOS June 27th launch
  17. ^ BlackBerry Messenger fake hits Play Store
  18. ^ BBM for Android and iPhone Available from September 21 «Inside BlackBerry - The Official BlackBerry Blog
  19. ^ Twitter
  20. ^ BBM for Android and iPhone Update «Inside BlackBerry - The Official BlackBerry Blog
  21. ^ Esposito, Dom. October 22, 2013. Mashable "5 Million People Downloaded BBM for iOS, Android in Just 8 Hours"
  22. ^ "BBM downloads reach over 10 million on first day". CBC. 2013-10-22. 
  23. ^ http://crackberry.com/bbm-coming-windows-phone-and-nokia-x-platforms
  24. ^ "Blackberry launches its Chat App BBM for Android and iPhones". Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  25. ^ BBM beta update includes voice & channels. "BBM beta update"

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