More than a week following the launch of the new BBM version, BlackBerry has rolled out another new feature that is aimed at making the app more interesting. The struggling Canadian smartphone manufacturer has added interesting and animated stickers to the messaging app. Those are now available through its new BBM Shop.
The stickers are new images that would allow users to infuse a bit of personality into chats. Those are seen as bolder compared to the regular emoticons. The stickers could also be comparable to those offered on other messaging apps like Line and WeChat.
BlackBerry said those stickers could be downloaded from its online shop in packs of 20 to 25 stickers. Every pack relates to a specific character or theme. Users can choose from CosCat, Bubble Bot, Gilbert’s Tales, and more. The stickers also feature some of the most popular TV and movie characters.
BBM also has a new lineup of emoticons. There are over 100 of those, which were launched together with the latest update of the app. Those are also available without any charge. BlackBerry reiterated that these can help users get across their point in a bolder and bigger way.
The update for this month also included extension of free voice calls to all BBM contacts through data or Wi-Fi connection. It is a privilege that BlackBerry device users used to enjoy exclusively since December 2012. Interestingly, Android and iOS device users can now get access to BBM Channels, the once exclusive social network that enables users to follow people and brands.
Other BBM features
Anyone using a BBM-supported platform could now share photos and documents. They could also do so on voice notes. The users are now also able to find built-in support for Dropbox, the cloud-storage service that is becoming more popular online.
The launch of the new stickers for BBM also comes a few days after Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $16 billion. WhatsApp, which is available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and other devices is now one of the staunchest rivals to BBM. It currently has 450 million users worldwide, still more than the total BBM users.
Unlike BBM that is a totally free service, WhatsApp is free only on the first year of usage. After a year, it could still be used for just 99 cents annually. Just like BBM, it also enables users to exchange messages without consuming SMS allotments on smartphones.
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