BBM's Next Target: Gingerbread
BlackBerry today announced the pending availability of BlackBerry Messenger for Android devices running version 2.3.3 Gingerbread. The app entered open beta today, and BlackBerry intends to fully launch the app for Gingerbread devices next month. BBM is already available to Android devices running version 4.0 and up. BlackBerry did not say if the Gingerbread version will include all the same features found in the 4.0+ release.
Facebook Messenger Takes a Shot at Snapchat with 'Days'
Mar 9, 2017
Facebook is updating its Messenger application with disappearing stories that behave similar to those of Snapchat and Instagram. The feature, called Messenger Day, lets people create short stories made up of photos and videos and then share them with their Facebook friends.
BlackBerry Makes BBM Privacy Features Free
Apr 4, 2016
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.
Facebook Seeks to Improve Bots for People, Brands, and Developers
Apr 18, 2017
Facebook today announced major changes to its Messenger platform that should make bots easier to find and use. To start, Messenger now includes a Discover tab where people can recall recently used bots, as well as use a free-form search field to seek out new bots.
Facebook Messenger Adds PayPal as Funding Source for Peer-to-Peer Payments
Oct 20, 2017
Facebook Messenger and PayPal today made it possible for people to use their PayPal account as a source of funds when paying friends and family. Facebook Messenger has supported P2P payments for some time now, but previously required people to rely on their debit card for funds.
Facebook Messenger Brings SMS Back to Android App
Jun 14, 2016
Facebook today said Facebook Messenger users will once again be able to send SMS messages — as long as they're running Android. Essentially, Android users can set Messenger as the default SMS app, which will route all SMS messages and conversations through Messenger rather than any other SMS apps that may be installed on the device.
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