BBM for everybody hits version 2.0

We're not only at CESlive, we're at New Media Expo, and we're talking to Jeff Gadway about the brand new BBM 2.0 beta for Android. That includes BBM channels for broadcasting and interaction, voice calls for crystal clear audio, location sharing to let your contacts know where you are, but only for as long as you feel comfortable, and 100 new emoticons, 25 of which were chosen by the BBM users.

They're deservedly proud of the reliability of their "read" state, and of how they're working towards making a really great BBM experience that's also a really great Android experience.

 
There are 24 comments

NoNexus says:

They came out with another version of Big Bowel Movement?

brendilon says:

This one was codenamed Constipation. Because they knew no one would give a snit.

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mathiasjk says:

"Wauw, 100 emoticons. I'm so thrilled" Said no one ever.

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RedxD says:

Said every freaking WhatsApp user, yeah people cares about emoticons, you're not the whole world bro.

mnc76 says:

C'mon... who doesn't like emoticons? :)

People need to lighten up a bit. Everything doesn't have to be a battle.

At the end of the day, BBM is more messaging options for Android. Choice is a good thing (which is basically the Android motto!)

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MERCDROID says:

More features are always a good thing! I don't use BBM, but, for those that do, this should be a pretty sizable and great update.

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grydlok says:

Prepare for the flood of bb users telling us how much better this is than anything else

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GreyCelt says:

Alright, fine... I'll put BBM back on my phone again, SHEESH...and then uninstall it in a week.

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canusaybimmy says:

Seems like some progress...good for them.

technoman919 says:

Dang! Don't be so quick to hate, this is probably just a stepping stone for them. I mean haven't they got enough hate already! Lets try to be productive.

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UrvakshS says:

+1

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MrJedi says:

I am interested to try out the voice aspect. I have the 100 minute plan from T-Mobile so this would help cut down on voice minutes.

brendilon says:

Best. Avatar. Ever.

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that.rick22 says:

If Google purchased BBM it would make Hangouts so much better and used

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Thesmartmale says:

If google purchase BBM, every user out there will delete it :)

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brendilon says:

BBM is definitely a step down from Hangouts.

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UrvakshS says:

Why is it that you say that? Clear hate on your part. I find the BBM app perfectly normal albeit lacking in one or two minor areas such as emoticons and the ability to create contact categories. Let those who want to use BBM use it and enough with the hate already.

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itr themes says:

FYI - You can add contact categories ... on your contacts screen, hit the menu button and it's the last option listed.

itr themes says:

FYI - You can add contact categories ... on your contacts screen, hit the menu button and it's the last option listed.

pgg101 says:

I personally prefer BBM, even though I can install a native Whatsapp or android version of other popular programs like Viber via Google Play. My main beef is that I don't like the fact that they use my phone number and the fact that they have access to my phonebook which then gets stored on a foreign computer server.

I also had an experience in which one of my friends phone number was recycled to another person, so I ended up having a conversation with a stranger. A little embarrassing.

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brendilon says:

Psst... BBM grabs your phone number and stores it on a foreign server as well. Check your permissions dude.

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pgg101 says:

It doesn't. I registered my BBID to an email account which gets assigned a PIN.

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jackinit says:

That background music is damn annoying. Do you hear CNBC playing crappy techno over interviews?

Idhe Novian says:

Where is the download link ?