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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.
Prosp>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.
The OFFICIAL version of BBM from BlackBerry is now here for Android. Get the free BBM app for the best way to stay connected with friends and family. Download it now.
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