Anyone who owns a blackberry knows its all about the instant messenger. You can i.m for free, you can send images for free and you can do a sideshow black and batter the voice notes to save money on the phone bill as this too… is free. With teenagers across the country begging their parents for the newest handset, its fast becoming a money saving must have. You’ll be happy to know BGR has been dropping a ton of leaks about the upcoming BlackBerry Messenger that comes with OS 5.0. So far, we know the following about the new BBM:
SMS support – BlackBerry devices are finally getting threaded SMS support.
PIN barcode scanning – Rather than find your PIN and reading or sending it, you will be able to scan a barcode to get the PIN. Just press the barcode option and another BlackBerry with a camera can scan it.
Backup/Restore Messenger list to microSD card —This is going to be huge, especially for people who change devices a lot.
Avatar support — set your own avatar using the Camera or saved photo on your device (this is displayed locally as well as shown next to your Messenger name on your friend’s buddy list).
GPS location integration — you can now set permissions so friends can always see your location, have to request it each time, or never can see it.
Proximity sensor — we’re guessing this will let you know if you’re within a certain distance of friends (pending, of course, you’re both set to share locations freely with each other).
Set conversation subjects — this will allow you to organize your convos on the main Messenger screen and label them with subjects to keep track of all your conversations.
Home screen support — you can pin/sticky actual Messenger contacts directly to the home screen for easy access!
This new messenger client is becoming so powerful it’s almost a selling feature for the device on its own. I would like to see BBM import other chat clients to make a one-stop-shop for communicating with all your contacts.
Are you ready for the Blackberry revolution or do you still think its all about the i phone?
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