BBM 6.1 beta with animated avatars released for BlackBerry users

Research In Motion has released a new beta version of its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM 6.1) that adds new features. The beta has three avatars – smile, laughter and in love – and 12 new emoticons. Users will also be able to write longer personal messages (160 characters, same as a text message) and color-coded chat bubbles for different groups of contacts. Users will also be able to set an image as their display picture directly from the camera with a ‘Set as BBM Display Picture’ option in the camera menu. All of the new features are targeted at youngsters, who are increasingly becoming avid BlackBerry users, especially in countries like Indonesia and India where BlackBerry is still witnessing growth. BlackBerry users can get BBM v6.1 beta from BlackBerry Beta Zone.

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