A new BBM update has been released that allows users to delete a message they have sent someone, and also set a time for how long a message or picture can be seen by a recipient in a Snapchat stylee. From the press release from BlackBerry:
"At the core of the BBM experience is privacy and control. These two notions are more important today than ever before as people are looking for simple ways to help guard against their messages getting into the wrong hands or being seen by anyone other than the intended recipient. New features for BBM introduced today enable users to communicate with more discretion and freedom. Features introduced today include:
"These new enhancements to BBM were highly requested so we're excited to be delivering them to users today," said John Sims, President Global Enterprise Services at BlackBerry. "These capabilities will allow our users to be more creative in how they deliver their messages while also being confident that their content is kept private and seen only by its intended recipient."
Timed Messages and Message Retraction are premium features that will be available free and without restriction to BBM users over the next three months. After this time, unrestricted access to these features will become part of a broader bundle of features that will be offered as part of a BBM subscription."
Now, the most interesting part of the press release is the mention of a "BBM subscription" and premium features that will be offered as part of this. Its long been known that BlackBerry have been looking for a way to monetize BBM, and have offered smiley sticker packs for a number of months now which have been popular in Asia. So it looks as though by Q1 next year we'll be seeing a premium BBM version!
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