updated 11:10 am EDT, Wed April 11, 2012
BBM gets live avatars, comes to popular apps
Canadian smartphone maker RIM on Wednesday revealed it will release five newly updated apps this week that will integrate BlackBerry Messenger. They include Facebook and Twitter as well as the completely self-developed Travel, BlackBerry App World, and BBM Music. Version 3.0 of both Facebook and Twitter for BlackBerry allows users to automatically share their status or latest post with their BBM contacts from inside the app.
The 2.5 version of BlackBerry Travel now allows sharing travel plans and flight changes with certain BBM contacts or the whole community.
Sharing favorite apps with BBM contacts requires BBM version 6.2 and BlackBerry App World version 3.1.2. The name of the apps will be displayed in users' BBM profiles. It's also now possible to share information about a favorite app or a list of their installed apps with friends using BlackBerry Tag.
What's more, the newest BBM brings with it animated avatars, simplifies updating personal messages, and adds the ability to send voice notes.
Finally, BBM Music 1.2 lets users listen to others' songs without accepting them as new contacts on BBM Music. New friends can now be recommended from within the app as well.
All of the new apps are promised to come out within the next 10 days, with Facebook already live today.