According to numerous reports, a new version of Blackberry Messenger for Android is on its way — at least if you happen to be a beta tester.
The new version of the app is currently being pushed out to select individuals via the Blackberry Beta Zone. This isn’t a minor update, either. Not only does version 18.104.22.168 add BBM Voice, there’s also BBM channels, improved photo/file sharing, new emoticons and more.
With BBM Voice, Android users of the app will finally be able to call other BBM Voice members in a fashion similar to other VoIP calling services such as Skype. As for Channels, basically this allows you to create or sign up for a discussion group. Although these channels could be useful for regular everyday Android users, Blackberry anticipates that the main purpose will be for companies to open groups as a means of communicating with their customers.
These are all welcome features, and seems to prove that Blackberry is serious about expanding the app’s feature list on Android. Too bad that BBM Video is still missing. Either way, let’s hope that the new features make their way to the stable Android app in the near future.
What do you think of BBM, and the newly added beta features? Is the popular messaging service a “way forward” for the struggling company or will the app’s success eventually die down?