Use BBM regularly? Then you're going to be pretty stoked to know that version 2.2 of BBM is coming soon to Android and iOS. This release will focus on streamlining the BBM experience. The goal of the update is to make it easier for new users to join the BBM community and make it faster and easter to add contacts. Details and more after the break.

Here's what you get to look forward to with version 2.2 of BBM for Android and iOS:

  • Easier sign up
  • Easier friending
  • New emoticons & more

BlackBerry has cut down the number of fields it takes to sign up. You only need your name, email and password to get started with version 2.2 of BBM. To make becoming friends easier, BlackBerry has made it so that users can become friends just by clicking the BBM invite in an email. There will be no need to send a PIN invite back.

And finally, a bonus for those who don't like to text and would rather send emoticons. Version 2.2 of BBM adds 16 new emoticons. A hotdog, maracas, a hacker, and hot lips are just some of the new emoticons you'll be sending your friends.

BBM version 2.2 will be available in the Google Play Store in a few hours. While iOS users should expect to see it in the coming days. Grab the app if you don't already have it and you'll be get the update when it becomes available.

Anybody out there using BBM? How does it stack up to other messaging platforms for you?

Source: BlackBerry Blog