BBM Head Departs BlackBerry
Andrew Bocking, the executive in charge of BlackBerry's BBM product, has decided to leave the company. BlackBerry operates BBM as a separate business unit now that it is available to BlackBerries, Android devices, and the iPhone. Bocking's departure means BBM will fall under the purview of John Sims, who joined the company as recently as December. BBM is one of the four central businesses identified by CEO John Chen as key for the company moving forward. Bocking was appointed by Chen's predecessor, ousted CEO Thorsten Heins.
BBM for Android Gains Video Calling
BlackBerry today said it is expanding BBM video calling to Android devices. The feature is rolling out in the U.S.
BBM Gains PayPal for Android, BlackBerry, iOS
BlackBerry today added a handful of new features to its cross-platform messaging service. All versions of BBM (Android, BlackBerry, iOS) earn the ability to send money to BBM contacts using PayPal.
BlackBerry Makes BBM Privacy Features Free
BBM users now have more control over their messages thanks to an update BlackBerry made available to Android, BlackBerry, and iOS devices. All three platforms now have unlimited use of the Retract and Timer features.
BBM Gains Private Chat Mode
BlackBerry today pushed out an update to the Android, BlackBerry, and iOS versions of its BBM app and added several new features. The main new addition is a private chatting mode that strips conversations of names and profile pictures.