BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) is now enabling a new social experience.
Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the availability of BBM
version 6 (BBM 6), which provides support for "BBM connected" apps,
allowing users to interact with each other from within the BBM
BBM connected apps integrate the functionality of the BBM service
and offer users the ability to interact with their friends from
within the app itself. For example, with a BBM connected game app,
users can invite their BBM friends to join them in a game and then
chat with one another in real time while the game is being played -
without ever leaving the game app.
BBM 6 launches today and a selection of BBM connected apps are
already available on BlackBerry App World.
Some of the additional functionality users can expect to see with
BBM connected applications include the ability to:
- Share app experiences with friends - When a user discovers a new
BBM connected app, they can instantly let their friends know about
it. Users can simply select a BBM contact directly within the BBM
connected app they are using.
- Have a BBM chat within apps - Users can simply pull up their BBM
contact list directly from within the BBM connected app and start
chatting. For example, the functionality can enable everything from
enhanced social game play to collaboration through productivity
- Discover apps through friends ? Users can also discover new apps
by viewing the list of apps that are posted to a BBM friend's
profile. They can also click on an app within the list, and
instantly download it from BlackBerry App World.
The BBM 6 software will be available later today at
www.blackberry.com/blackberrymessenger. A selection of BBM connected
apps will also be posted on BlackBerry App World this week, with
many more expected over the coming months.