BBM for Android gets Material Design overhaul, currently in beta testing


We heard last week that “something new” was coming to BBM. As expected, a redesigned BBM for Android has arrived and brings forth Material Design. This is one of the biggest updates to the popular messaging service and it’s only available to members of the BlackBerry Beta Zone.

BlackBerry’s Jesse Ariss stated that BBM was redesigned “from the ground up, using material design principles as inspiration. This means a more colorful, more eye-popping, and easier-to-use BBM experience that’s brand-new, yet very familiar. Check back to the blog later, to learn more about how BBM uses material design, and the inspiration for our new look and feel.”

Here is the complete changelog:

Private Chats:
In a private chat, your contact’s name is hidden, and new message notifications are turned off. Your chat is automatically deleted after a short time, or when you end the private chat.

Edit Message:
The perfect complement to message retraction, Replace provides you with the power to edit a sent message.

Publish in Feed:
Share status updates faster, right from your BBM feed.


The rollout to all users will occur when beta testing is over. However, anyone interested in taking the new BBM for a spin can also join the Beta Zone and get early access.

[source] BlackBerry [/source]