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This article was published on February 5, 2014


BBM for Android and iOS gets Find Friends feature to help automatically add existing users, invite others

BBM for Android and iOS gets Find Friends feature to help automatically add existing users, invite others Image by: Justin Sullivan
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BlackBerry today updated its BBM app for Android and iOS with a new Find Friends feature that removes the need to share PINs. The addition will appear the first time you open BBM after the app is updated, but you can also find it under the “invites” tab menu in the bottom left hand corner. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play and Apple’s App Store (if you don’t see it yet, BlackBerry tells us it may take up to 24 hours to show up).

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As you can see above, the feature detects who in your smartphone’s contact list already use BBM, and allows you to quickly send them an invite to join your BBM contact list. At the same time, for contacts that don’t yet have BBM, you’ll have the option to invite them to download the app via an email or SMS. With this update, BlackBerry has finally caught up with how other IM mobile apps get users to expand their contact lists.

See also – BlackBerry does ‘not approve of or condone’ the fishy BBM for Android reviews, denies any involvement and Hands-on with BlackBerry’s BBM app for iOS

Image Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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