BlackBerry has announced several new customization features for BBM® for Android™, iOS and BlackBerry® 10. These new features include:
Custom BBM PINs: One of the most requested BBM features has been the ability to create a customized BBM PIN that’s unique and easy to share. Starting today, BBM users who upgrade to the latest version will be able to create a 6-8 digits alphanumeric Custom PIN of their choice.** Custom PINs can be purchased in the BBM Shop for $1.99 USD per month. In addition to Custom PINs, BBM users can also purchase a no-ad subscription that will remove advertisements from the BBM Feed for $0.99 USD per month.
Android Wear Support: BBM for Android Wear will enable BBM users to seamlessly:
- Receive alerts on the watch when new BBM messages come in, see the sender and discreetly preview messages.
- Read BBM messages in their entirety, navigate among messages and dismiss notifications with a simple swipe.
- Respond to messages hands-free with Google Now™ or choose from pre-defined messages to quickly send a response.
- Accept BBM invites from the watch without the need to access their smartphone
Password Protection for iOS users: By taking advantage of iOS specific features, BBM now enables users to add additional privacy with the option to password protect their BBM conversations using either a 4 digit passcode or Touch ID. Users can customize how long they would like BBM to remain unlocked before a password is requested.
Landscape Mode for iOS users: iOS users can also take advantage of landscape mode support in their BBM chats and can now swipe to delete a chat from the chat list and use “edit” mode in chats for quick chat deletion.
Multiple BBM Channel Contributors: BBM Channels now supports multiple channel contributors through the web client; making it easier for the over 1 million BBM Channel owners to manage and post new content.
Share Photos in Group Chats: With the latest update, users can also share photos directly in a group chat, enabling a seamless chat experience. Users will know immediately when a photo has been shared with the group and can view it without leaving the chat.
This update is for BlackBerry 10, iOS and Android BBM users and will be available in BlackBerry® World, and Google Play™ tomorrow and the App Store coming soon. It can take up to 24 hours for the update to appear in your app store. Apparently, Windows Phone users are left out of this one for now.
Custom PINs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.