The once exclusive BlackBerry messenger is not appealing much to users now, considering the fact that there are now many other alternatives. This does not discourage a few loyal BBM users who still think that the Canadian company’s secure chat is the best one out there, though.
For these handful of users, BlackBerry has released a new update to BBM which will allow them to enable private messaging and hide identity in chats, for a small cost. Enabling the feature will strip off identifying information, like the sender’s name and profile picture. According to BlackBerry, the chats also close automatically after “a short period of time.”
The company previously used to offer a ‘Timed and Retracted Control’ subscription. Instead now there is a Privacy and Control subscription that costs $0.99 per month. The features of this subscription include the timed sending and retraction of messages options, the new private chat feature and another new feature that allows you to edit a sent message by retracting it, editing it and then re-sending it.
Previous updates from the Canadian company included a Material Design makeover for Android which included a new way to organize stickers and a new ‘quote message’ option, allowing you to reference previous chats easily. iOS users also got a small upgrade which tweaked the way fonts were rendered, keeping them system oriented instead of being app-dependent.