Last year BlackBerry Messenger was finally opened up to iOS and Android. When the app was launched, it didn’t come with all of the features that were exclusive to BBM on BlackBerry smartphones, features such as voice calling and BBM Channels. Back then the company said that it was working on quite a few features that would be rolled out as BBM 2.0 in 2014. It has delivered on its promise, with BBM 2.0 now being available for iOS and Android. New features have also been added to BBM for BlackBerry 10.
BBM Voice, a feature previously exclusive to BBM smartphones, is now available on both Android and iOS. Users can now make free voice calls between all three platforms over Wi-Fi or a data connection. BBM Channels, a social network of sorts, is now live on Android and iOS. Anyone can create a channel and share content they like, or they can follow channels created by businesses, brands and popular personalities to keep up with them. BBM 2.0 also brings location sharing, powered by Glympse. The feature lets users share their location with someone for a specific time, once time runs out, location is made private again. Dropbox integration is now built-in to BBM, allowing users to send files from their Dropbox accounts directly to a BBM contact. Recipients can either save files on the device or add them straightaway to Dropbox. Apart from a host of new emoticons, BlackBerry has also delivered on a popular request, BBM Groups can now include up to 50 people. BBM 2.0 for iOS and Android is available for download right away, and so it BBM v.10.3 for BlackBerry 10.