With BlackBerry World set to kick off early next month, you can expect BlackBerry-related leaks to keep rolling in hot and heavy for the next few weeks. We’ve already exclusively handled RIM’s upcoming flagship smartphones — the BlackBerry Bold Touch, the BlackBerry Torch 2 and the BlackBerry Touch (Monaco/Monza) — but there are plenty more goodies just waiting to be unearthed. Expected to launch alongside BlackBerry OS 6.1, screenshots of BlackBerry Messenger have been posted to a BlackBerry enthusiast forum. The images show a slightly redesigned look and minor UX enhancements, but the full feature list is still unknown so there may still be a few tidbits yet to be revealed. It might not be the version of BBM we’re all anxious to see RIM launch, but it’s never a bad thing when the company adds new features to its beloved BlackBerry Messenger. More →
BlackBerry has released an updated version of its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service that enables app developers to integrate BBM chat and other features directly into their apps. With BBM 6, users will be able to post status updates directly from compatible apps, invite people to download an app or even play games together while chatting. The update is being pushed via BlackBerry's App World so keep your eyes peeled. Hit the break for a couple of videos on how BBM 6 works. More →
Hot on the heels of our earlier exclusive that RIM will be launching BBM-only plans for Indian subscribers, we can now confirm that there is another plan in the offing - a BBM and social networking plan. This plan would allow users to access BBM, some IM services and online social networks like Facebook. However, subscribers of this plan (or the BBM-only plan) won't be able to get e-mails on their BlackBerry. (Who could have thought that?) The RIM representative we spoke to insisted that for the younger generation, "personal e-mail is dead." We could not agree more. At the moment, we do not know when these plans would be introduced and at what charges.