BBM might not be a cool thing anymore, but that hasn’t stopped BlackBerry from putting a strong emphasis on improving the BBM offering on Android (and iOS). Today, the company is rolling out the most feature-packed update to BBM yet, adding much of the functionality it had promised to bring to the competing OS’.
The update takes the app to version 2.0, and brings some major features. There’s BBM Channels, which lets users join various topics of discussion and talk about things with other BBM users. Users can now make calls to their BBM contacts via a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, a one-click sharing button enables quick sharing of photos, documents, voice notes and more, and conversations can now be more emotional through the addition of more than 100 emoticons. Last but not the least, version 2.0 brings Dropbox integration – you can send files from your Dropbox account to a BBM contact, who in turn can download the file and add it to his/her Dropbox.
It’s a good update for those who’ve actually found BBM worthy enough for use as (one of) their messaging mediums, bringing the Android (and iOS) version closer to the native BlackBerry version of BBM. Download the latest version from the Play Store (it isn’t live yet, but should be in a couple of hours.)