As the Android version of the popular BlackBerry free chatting and voice calling app, BBM looks good and comes with several features you won't find in other Android communication apps, including live location sharing via an interactive map, notifications for when your sent messages have been read, and effective privacy options. Even if you're happy with your current communications app, you should still give this one a go.
p>Well-designed: From the sleek, intuitive interface to the accessibility of the social features, BBM proves to be a well-made app that does what it promises smoothly, without the technical or performance issues that plague many other similar apps.
Excellent privacy: Rather than using your phone number as your ID, this app requires that you generate a PIN. Also, you must accept a person as your contact before they can message you. These two straightforward but highly efficient security measures give BBM a privacy rating higher than competitors like Tango, which basically allows anyone to contact you.
High voice call quality: During our tests, the app showed no lag, stuttering, or any other voice call issues. The conversation was intelligible on both sides, and the background noise did not prove annoying.
Awkward contact list: The contact list comes with categories that cannot be collapsed, which makes it unnecessarily long and awkward, especially when trying to find a specific person in a long address book.
Eats many resources: During out tests, the app constantly used around 75-80MB RAM when in chat mode, and over 290MB RAM during voice calling. The app also exhausts the battery.
Status updating issues: We could not change or update our messaging status.
BBM brings you useful and accessible chatting and voice calling features that can save you a lot of money on long-distance calls. The app doesn't feel as polished as other similar apps developed especially for Android, but compensates through its accessible interface, good quality voice calls, and excellent privacy options. It's definitely a good download.
Discover the new BBM and everything it has to offer. We started with the best messaging features on the planet, introduced privacy features to keep you in control, brought you free voice and video calling, and now we've added thousands of stickers, free games, news, shopping, vouchers and more. Millions of people around the world have discovered how BBM has changed - your turn. Free Messaging & Calls- Free voice and video calls between BBM contacts- 1-on-1 messages and group chats- Express yourself with thousands of stickers to choose from- Broadcast messages to all your contacts- Send voice notes, photos and files- See when your messages have been 'D'elivered and 'R'ead- See when a contact is responding- Hundreds of Stickers and Emoticons for every mood and emotion let you express yourself. Discover BBM- Discover is a new section of BBM: A single source for all the content and services that are important to you- Find thousands of stickers- Amazing deals with shopping & vouchers- The latest news- Different genres of videos- Hundreds of free games- New local services added all the time- Subscribe to BBM Channels that interest you, see their posts in your feeds - millions to choose from. Privacy features that keep you in control- BBM PIN - Keep your phone number private - share your PIN instead. Block - You always have ability to prevent someone from sending you messages or invites. Timer - Send photos and messages that disappear. Retract - Take back that photo or message that you wish you hadn't sent. Glympse - Share your location - with a time limit. Private Chats - Safe from screenshots & prying eyes. Feeds - Your personal social network. Set your avatar using images, pictures or even animated pictures (GIFs) - Update your status to let people know what you're up to or how you feel- Post photos for all your friends to see- Subscribe to BBM Channels that interest you, see posts from those channels in your feeds- Create your own channel and build your subscribers to share your thoughts, ideas and passionsFor more information about BBM, please check out our official website: http://www.bbm.comNote: Data charges may apply. While these features are designed to remove the message or picture the recipient's BBM chat view, they do not prevent recipients from capturing an image of the content by taking a screenshot or using an image capture device. Retracting a message after it has been read by the recipient will remove the message from the BBM chat view, but will not affect copies of the message that the recipient may have made prior to the message being retracted.