BlackBerry after a brief private beta, released BBM for Windows Phone which is now available for download by everyone. However, Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform gets a pretty raw deal when it comes to apps, which developers favoring iOS and Android for the most part. Instagram was only the app that made its way into thw Windows Phone Store, and while the BlackBerry Messenger app dropped some years ago for Google and Apple’s mobile ecosystems. Now available for Windows Phone users.
BBM is although, one of the best messaging app back ago and after the introduction of services like WhatsApp, iMessage and others have pushed BlackBerry Messenger down in the pecking order, and in either way, the Canadian company struggling to sell devices to customers, who are accustomed to iPhone and Droid phones, This move to spread the IM app to other platforms can make it wondrous? Full details right below!
The new Windows Phone app is manifested to those running Windows Phone 8 and WP8.1 and is listed at the Windows Phone Store for everyone to download, provides the same features that are available on other platforms, including secure messaging, BBM Groups, Find Friends, BBM Feeds, ‘Pin’ to Start, and more. The app works with Windows Phone 8 only.
Note: Features-wise, it’s not too dissimilar to the pre-existing versions of iOS and Android, apart this, the design is very much in-keeping with the Windows Phone aesthetic.
Technically, the BBM app is still in Beta, as evident from that listing in the Windows Phone store. Donny Halliwell, PR Manager and Social Media Marketing Lead, BlackBerry, wrote in a blog post on Thursday.
After a short run in private beta, I’m happy to announce that BBM for Windows Phone is being publicly released to the Windows Phone store in beta starting today.
Features of BBM Beta for Windows Phone 8 / 8.1 Users Get
- BBM Chats: The Chats page is your single destination for all your chats, including groups, multi-person and one-to-one. In a chat, you have lots of ways to share. You can attach a picture from your camera, add a voice note, send a contact, share a photo from your gallery or send your location. Chats also include BBM signature “D” and “R” notifications that allow users to know when messages are delivered and read.
- BBM Groups: With BBM Groups, up to 50 people can be added to the conversation. Chat, share photos and schedules with even more friends.
- Find Friends: Discover people you know that are also using BBM and invite them to your BBM contact list, from within the app. With the ability to easily share your PIN with your friends and family, connecting is easier than ever. BBM Feeds: Feeds lets you see what’s happening with your BBM contacts. Here you will see when contacts update their status or profile photo. If you want to chat about one of their updates, just touch on their name and you’ll be taken to a chat. Here you can also quickly update your own status to share what you’re up to or what’s on your mind.
- Pin’ to Start: Pin BBM Groups and 1:1 chats to the Start screen for easy access to your most important chats
If you’re owning a Windows Phone 8.x handset, make yourself free to check it out and share your thoughts via the usual mediums below.
(Download: BBM for Windows Phone on the Windows Phone Store)