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.
BlackBerry Bringing BBM to Android Wear
BlackBerry today showed off BBM for Android Wear. With BBM on your wrist, Android Wear owners will be able to read incoming BBM messages, review and accept BBM invites, scan through the BBM inbox, and respond with either canned messages or dictated messages via Google Now.
BlackBerry Improves BBM with Support for Lollipop and iOS 8
BlackBerry today pushed out BBM 2.6 to the Android and iOS platforms, as well as its own BlackBerry platform. All three versions of the app gain new features, including support for stickers within group chats and a 60-second option for time chats.
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 Beta for Windows Phone Now Available
BlackBerry and Microsoft today announced the immediate availability of BBM for the Windows Phone platform. BBM is being offered as a beta, but it includes many of the features available to the Android and iOS versions of the app.
BlackBerry Debuts BBM Protected for Business Users
BlackBerry today announced the availability of BBM Protected, a more secure version of its instant messaging platform. BBM Protected differs from traditional BBM in that in creates a unique encryption key for each conversation, requiring a passphrase from participants.