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BlackBerry Makes Some Key BBM Privacy Tools Free

BlackBerry is pulling out all the stops to garner some much-needed attention from app users.

The Canadian company today announced that a number of BBM privacy features are now free for all iOS, Android and BlackBerry users.

The update means users will now have free access to Retract, a tool that enables you to “take back” a message that has already been sent, and Timer, which controls how long recipients can view messages and pictures that have been shared. Previously, use of the tools was 99 cents a month each.

“Building on the renowned immediacy, reliability and security inherent to BBM, the new release provides unmatched level of privacy and control to BBM users without any subscription fees,” said BBM senior vice-president Matthew Talbot said in a press release. “Keeping control over the messages and content that they share, BBM users can be ensured that what they share is always theirs to control.”

It looks like BlackBerry’s private chat option — which enables users to converse anonymously, without fear of someone seeing the conversation or identifying the participants — will not be included in the new free list of features. It will still be 99 cents a month.

Additional features of BlackBerry’s latest update include:

  • Forward messages from one chat to another
  • Ability to mute notifications for a multi-person chat on Android
  • Scroll through all pictures shared within a 1:1 or multi-person chat on Android
  • Choose if users want pictures taken within BBM chats saved to their device
  • Video sharing improvements – capture and share larger videos on iOS
  • Redesigned chat screen look and feel on iOS
  • Multi-select mode to allow multiple messages to be deleted, retracted, or forwarded at once on iOS
  • Retract and edit messages in group chats on BlackBerry 10
  • Retract chat – retract all sent messages when you end a chat on BlackBerry 10
  • Marshmallow (Android 6.0) support

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  • Blackberry is struggling very hard to keep up with everything. They have already opened their doors to cross platform BBM services. Things are not going in their favor, and Apple / Samsung are keep crushing the companies with their higher end devices.

    No matter what I get in the market, I still remember my old Blackberry days. The feel of QWERTY keyboard.