The user-guide for BlackBerry’s forthcoming BBM app for Android and iOS platforms have leaked online, TechCrunch reports. It is reported that Blackberry had accidentally posted these user-guides on its global website, however soon removed these guides from its site. Reportedly, the information given on the leaked user-guides included details on the functioning bit of the app as well as about various other feature sets as are seen on the BBM for BlackBerry. Also Read - TCL will not design, manufacture or sell BlackBerry smartphones from August 31
Reportedly, the guide suggests that while BlackBerry has designed these apps in a way to keep the feel of the classic messenger service intact, it has also added most of the important features to compete against third party messenger applications, which are popular among users.
In terms of features, these apps will come with features that will not only allow users to communicate on real-time basis with contacts and groups, but will also come compatible with features like photo-sharing, broadcasting messages, group chats, and will also support emoticons and emoji. Moreover, the app will also feature BBM Groups in which users will be able to make plans, share to-do lists, photos as well as chat with as many as 30 people at a time.
For connectivity, the service will support cellular as well as Wi-Fi network which will make it quite handy and save the users from those extra data charges. Users will be able to make their BBM profile by adding personalized details including display photo, name and status messages, and will also get a unique BBM PIN. Moreover, users will be able to add people to the BBM contacts even by sending out invites to the email address of those outside the BBM contacts.
The company had announced to make its popular BBM service multiplatform during the BlackBerry Live conference in May. During which, the company s CEO Thorsten Heins had mentioned to introduce the messaging and group features in first phase and the other features like screen sharing, BBM voice, and even the recently introduced BBM channels to the apps in later phases.