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This article was published on December 20, 2013

BlackBerry says free calls and Channels are coming to BBM for iOS and Android in 2014

BlackBerry says free calls and Channels are coming to BBM for iOS and Android in 2014 Image by: Justin Sullivan
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Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

bbmBlackBerry is really pushing its BBM mobile messaging businesses. Right after announcing a deal to pre-load BBM on LG devices, the struggling Canadian firm outlined new features headed to the iOS and Android apps in 2014.

Top of the list is free calling feature BBM Voice, which BlackBerry has shown off in the video below. That’s in addition to Channels, BBM’s chat room-like feature: many Channels are based on topics of interest, hobbies, etc., but there are also some from consumer brands.

Other notable impending arrivals include “faster and easier” sharing of photos, location and other personal multimedia, and 100 new emoticons.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Re-TWQt8W8

What to Expect from BBM in 2014: New Features, New Friends and More [Inside BlackBerry Blog]

Images via Fauzan Alfi / Flickr and Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

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