A New BBM Beta Update is Available that Brings Much Desired Changes



If you are part of the BBM Beta program, there is a new update waiting for you to try out! This new update has a ton of new features that users have been waiting to come to BBM. Now going by the official changelog, some of the new features include the ability to automatically convert your old style BBM Group Chats to the new 300 member group.  This gives you the ability to add even more users to the group!  If you are the group admin, you will see the option to upgrade the group when you open it.  One thing to be careful of with this feature is that it will kick any BlackBerry 10 users out of the group.

BBM Beta Change-Log

  • Call out Beta: Get your Smartfren number and make calls outside of BBM to Smartfren numbers for free
  • A new simple and clean Feeds design for your visual enjoyment
  • Enhanced BBM Desktop experience: Reply, delete, retract, forward and download documents
  • See a prompt to upgrade your groups in BBM? BBM will automatically move you and all group members into our new and improved BBM groups!
  • Phone numbers are now one of the many content types you can share

The feeds UI is simple and much cleaner than previously, making scrolling through your friend’s updates much easier on the eyes.  BBM Desktop has also been enhanced. BBM Desktop now lets you reply, delete, retract, forward and download documents.

If you notice there is one feature you may not see, depending on where you are in the world. That is the SmartFren number. Smartfren is a feature for users in Indonesia.  The feature pretty much integrates BBM with voice calls. This is a feature I have been waiting for and could mean other regions will see it as well.

There are some features that are not listed in the changelog that are actually some pretty big features. One is the ability to use a custom picture as the background of your chat.  The discover tab has also been updating, giving users the ability to send their favorite items to the top by simply selecting the ‘edit’ button.

One feature that is causing a little controversy. If you go into the More tab, you will see an option called Privacy.  Inside this option, you will see a setting that states “Set your Account to Public: Allow People on BBM to communicate with you through voice or video call if they have your contact information”

Now, this feature simply means that if a BBM user has your phone number or email address that is tied to your BBM account but does not have you as a contact on BBM, then they can contact you on BBM via Voice or Video Calls. It actually could be a great way to discover BBM contacts you might not know you had. You can turn this off, giving you full control of your privacy on BBM!

These are some great new features and it is great to see that BBM is adding features that users are asking for.  If you are not in the beta program you will have to wait till the official update comes through, which hopefully won’t take too long.

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