RIM has released a slew of updates to popular BlackBerry apps, incorporating BBM connectivity to make it even easier for BlackBerry users to connect with their contacts, share content and interact with their BBM community.
Facebook, Twitter, BlackBerry Travel and BlackBerry App World are just a few which received BBM injections, joining over 800 hundred BBM-connected apps currently in the market. According to Alec Saunders, VP of Developer Relations at RIM, one in every five apps downloaded on BlackBerry App World is a BBM-connected app.
I’ve updated Facebook and Twitter apps on my BlackBerry Bold 9790 and the BBM integration is a nice plus. With the new BlackBerry Travel, users can share travel plans and flight changes with selected BBM contacts, or share it publicly if they like.
With the new updates to BlackBerry App World and BBM, BlackBerry users can easily share info about their favourite apps to their BBM contacts or list of installed apps via BlackBerry Tag. BlackBerry Tag of course makes use of NFC capabilities of selected BlackBerry phones running BlackBerry OS 7.1 or higher.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
More BBM-Connected Apps Set to Launch
Series of BlackBerry App Updates Will Make It Easier to Keep Your BBM Community In The Know
Waterloo, ON – A series of updates of popular BlackBerry® apps will be released over the coming days to make it even easier for users to stay connected with their BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger) community. Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced that Facebook® for BlackBerry smartphones, Twitter® for BlackBerry smartphones, BlackBerry® Travel™ and BlackBerry App World™ will now include BBM connectivity, making it even easier for users to stay in touch with their contacts, share experiences and content, and discover new things from their BBM community.
“Since we provided developers the means to build BBM connectivity into their apps, we have seen more than 800 hundred new BBM-connected apps come to market, which has been followed by a huge uptake by users – about one of every five apps being downloaded on BlackBerry App World is a BBM-connected app,” said Alec Saunders, VP of Developer Relations at RIM. “Today we’re excited to announce that RIM has also integrated BBM connectivity into a number of our own popular apps and the BBM-connected revolution continues to grow.”
Facebook and Twitter Apps Integrated with BBM
Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones (version 3.0) and Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones (version 3.0) now allow users to automatically share their Facebook status or latest Tweet with their BBM friends right from within the app.
BlackBerry Travel Goes Social
It is now easier than ever to update those who matter most about your travel plans. The new BlackBerry Travel app (version 2.5) is now BBM-connected, allowing users to share their travel plans and flight changes directly with select BBM contacts or with their entire BBM community.
App Sharing Made Simpler
With BBM (version 6.2) and BlackBerry App World (version 3.1.2), users can easily update their BBM profile to let their friends know about the great new app they’ve just downloaded on BlackBerry App World. With this updated version of BlackBerry App World, users can also instantly share info about their favorite app or a list of their installed apps with friends using BlackBerry® Tag*.
BBM Made Better
In addition to integration with BlackBerry App World, BBM (version 6.2) offers a polished, enhanced and more personal experience. It includes a new selection of animated avatars, a simpler way of updating one’s personal message in their profile, and now allows users to quickly send voice notes.
Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones version 3.0 is available now and Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones version 3.0, BlackBerry Travel version 2.5, BlackBerry App World version 3.1.2 and BBM version 6.2 are scheduled to be available for download over the next ten days on BlackBerry App World (www.blackberry.com/appworld)**. Stay tuned to BlackBerry social channels to confirm when each app becomes available.
* BlackBerry Tag requires an NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphone running BlackBerry® 7.1 OS or higher.
** Some apps may not be available in some countries.
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