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BlackBerry introduces BBM 2.6 with new features for Android, iOS and BB10

BBM for iOS

The weekend is almost upon us, and BlackBerry has been working to bring some new features to its cross-platform BBM client prior to the release of the Classic next Wednesday.

The company is rolling out BBM 2.6 for iOS, Android and BlackBerry 10 with a number of new features for each one. Most notably, BBM for iOS now has a fresh, modern design that hews more with iOS 8, along with optimizations for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The new design was tested in beta for the past few weeks, and while it’s mainly a new colour palette, with shades of white and grey and blue selection highlights, the app appears to load more quickly and run faster, too.

BBM for Android has also received Android 5.0 Lollipop support, along with read receipts for stickers and a new landscape view for those who like it sideways.

Finally, BBM for BlackBerry 10 can now share pictures and attachments in one fell swoop.

All three clients have received the ability to send stickers in groups, something that was limited to individual chats before. BlackBerry is also discounting sticker packs to $0.99 for the holidays, too. The company has also lengthened the maximum allocation for timed messages, a premium feature that is currently available for free until early next year.


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