While 100′s of other blogs are rushing to post the news of the latest BBM v6.1 let us take a moment to say thank you to RIM and for all of you who have stuck with them, this is a big reward for many I’m sure. Missing themes has been hard on many, myself included.
Seeing BlackBerry Beta Zone finally push out an update to BlackBerry Messenger with real user requests that bring significant user changes is monsterous.
Key features include:
• Animated avatars* – Now you can access a selection of animated GIFs that come alive when you hover over the avatar. Three animated avatars are available as part of the beta as a sneak peak (including a ‘smile’, ‘laughter’ and ‘in love’) – with a greater selection to come at launch. You can access avatars when changing your display picture within the Avatars folder and can source your own animated GIFs
• 12 new emoticons – Add to the range of expressions available to enhance your conversations with12 new emoticons to choose from.
• Personal Message size increased to 160 characters – We’ve doubled the size of the personal message space to 160 characters. The previous limit was 80 characters.
• Colored chat bubbles – Customize the color of chat bubbles with 10 colors to choose from. You can pre-assign these colors to your contacts by simply going into your BBM contacts’ profile and selecting the desired contact chat color from the palette.
• Camera / Avatar Integration – Now you can update your BBM avatar right from the BlackBerry camera app by selecting “Set as BBM Display Picture” from the menu options.
Mine hasn’t even finished downloading yet, as I’m sure many users across the globe are anxiously awaiting their Berry’s to reboot as well. First BBM-Connected paved the way for some much welcome changes and enhancements. Now they introduce some really exciting visual changes, optional customizations, enhanced personal bits and more.
I snatched up some of the sample screenshots from the InsideBlackBerry blog, check em out!