BBM, BlackBerry Messenger, BBM on iOS Android

BlackBerry has announced the availability of an update for BBM for Android, and iOS today, which includes significant changes that the company says will make the sign up process and adding friends a lot easier.

The update that’s being pushed to Android and iOS devices includes the following changes:

  • Easier sign up

    BlackBerry has streamlined the sign up process so all you need to get started on BBM is your name, email address and password. Of course, this change will only affect new users joining the messaging app.

  • BBM friends, find bbm users, blackberry messenger emoticons

  • Easier Friending

    This new release will simplify the friending process so that when you receive a BBM invite by email, you simply click the link to be added as a BBM friend.

  • New Emoticons & more

    BBM for Android will have 16 new emoticons in this release and they’ll be getting them ahead of iPhone and BlackBerry users. The updates tab has also been renamed to “Feeds” which according to BlackBerry “helps better represent what you find there – the latest statuses and profile photos from your BBM contacts and the newest posts from the BBM Channels you follow.”

a “special release” is coming for BlackBerry devices

If you’re on BlackBerry 10 or Windows Phone, don’t worry; BlackBerry says they have a “special release of BBM coming for BBOS and BlackBerry 10 smartphones in a couple of weeks” that will include “many of the things we’ve talked about here…and a few special things added for good measure.” Windows Phone users should be able to partake in all the BBM fun starting this summer.

When available, the new update can be downloaded via this link and QR code.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at