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NewsPoster Dec 20, 2013 08:23 AM
BlackBerry reveals updates for BBM iOS, Android in early 2014
BlackBerry is still working on adding <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/300886==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/10/28/audio.and.video.calls.coming.within.months.bbm.cha nnels.also.due/" rel='nofollow'>voice and video</a> calling to <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/300887==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/10/23/majority.of.bbm.downloads.on.ios.users.still.waiti ng.for.access/" rel='nofollow'>BlackBerry Messenger</a> for iOS and Android, the company has revealed. The free calling over voice and video will be making its way to the app during 2014, along with a number of other additions, such as BBM Channels and what the company claims to be faster and easier sharing of content and locations. <br />
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A company blog <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/300888==http://blogs.blackberry.com/2013/12/bbm-beta/" rel='nofollow'>post</a> states that BBM Voice, the voice and video service already available for <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/300889==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/01/30/remember.function.collects.information.for.project .management/" rel='nofollow'>BlackBerry 10 devices</a>, will be a free addition to the app. Much like other messaging systems, the voice calls will take place over Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection, rather than use the phone system itself. <br />
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BBM Channels, <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/300890==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/11/26/blackberry.messenger.to.be.preinstalled.on.some.an droid.smartphones/" rel='nofollow'>a recent launch</a> on BlackBerry devices, will let users and companies create individual channels, a publicly-viewable stream of content. Channel owners and followers can start conversations with other followers, with BlackBerry revealing that Tim Hortons, Mercedes-Benz, and the Toronto Raptors have already launched their own channels. <br />
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Future updates to BBM chats will include a new set of 100 emoticons, as well as increased options for sharing. Photos, voice notes and other items will be easily shareable, with a timer-based location sharing allowing contacts to temporarily know a user's location, with the details disappearing after a specified time. <br />
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BlackBerry did not reveal exactly when the updates will appear in the app, except that the changes will take place in "the next couple of months."
 
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