Starting today, BBM is being updated with the Find Friends on BBM feature for iPhone and Android, allowing users to easily find their friends and contacts already using BBM. “The Find Friends feature is something that BBM users have been asking for and we’re now bringing it to them in this latest update to BBM for iPhone and Android,” BlackBerry said.
The Find Friends feature will detect which contacts in a user’s smartphone contact list are already using BBM, and allow them to quickly choose who to send a PIN invite to. For those contacts that don’t yet have BBM, users can invite them to download the app with an email or SMS invite.
The update is part of the upcoming BBM v2.0, which will be launching soon. The second version of the messaging app will include features such as BBM Voice (free voice calls to any BBM contact), BBM Channels (a BBM community), and faster and easier sharing.
“BBM chats happen fast – so fast it’s like you’re there in the same room. Now you can share just about anything with that same speed. Share photos in a snap, send a voice note with just one touch and more. And get this, you can even share your location, live, for a limited time with any contact you choose,” BlackBerry added.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor