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BlackBerry Adds Private Chat Feature To BBM

BlackBerry (BBRY) has added a private chat feature to BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). Here are the details.

Dan Kobialka

June 30, 2015

1 Min Read
BlackBerry CEO John Chen
BlackBerry CEO John Chen.

BlackBerry (BBRY) is making it easier for BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) users to host private chats on their BlackBerry 10, Android and iOS mobile devices.

The telecommunications giant has added a private chat feature to BBM, along with other capabilities designed to enhance the user experience.

BlackBerry said its BBM private chat feature offers users:

  • Message editing capabilities.

  • Timed messages and pictures.

  • The ability to retract messages and pictures.

The private chat feature is included in BBM’s new Privacy and Control Subscription, BlackBerry said, which replaces its existing Timed and Retracted Messages Subscription.

In addition, BlackBerry noted that current Timed and Retracted Messages subscribers will be automatically upgraded at no additional cost.

What else should mobile device users expect from the new version of BBM? This release includes:

  • Additional sticker collection organization capabilities.

  • New iOS font size rendering capabilities to ensure an iPhone user’s BBM font size is based on the size selected in system settings.

  • “Quote message” feature that enables users to reference previous messages during a chat.

BlackBerry recorded $658 million in total revenue during the first quarter of fiscal 2016, down from $660 million in the previous quarter.

John Chen, BlackBerry’s CEO, told International Data Corp (IDC) that he expected his company would ship 10 million smartphones this year, which would represent a 72 percent increase over the company’s 5.8 million units shipped in 2014.

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About the Author(s)

Dan Kobialka

Contributing writer, Penton Technology

Dan Kobialka is a contributing writer for MSPmentor and Talkin' Cloud. In the past, he has produced content for numerous print and online publications, including the Boston Business Journal, Boston Herald and Patch.com. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State College (now Bridgewater State University). In his free time, Kobialka enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football (Go Patriots!).  

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