BBM for iPhone and Android will be receiving a rather large update in version 2.2 adding ways to make it simpler for new users to join the BBM community and to make it faster and easier to add new BBM contacts.

Major features coming in the next update (per Inside BlackBerry):

Easier sign up

One of the ways that we’ve done this is by simplifying the sign up process for BBM. We’ve cut down the number of fields it takes to get signed up, so you can start chatting and sharing even faster. Name. Email. Password. That’s all you need to get started on BBM! For those of you already on BBM today, this change won’t impact you at all.

Easier Friending

Another thing we’ve improved is how you add new BBM contacts through email. Today, it’s a somewhat cumbersome and complicated process. This new release will simplify the process so that when you receive a BBM invite by email – all you have to do is click the link and presto, you’re BBM contacts. No need to send a PIN invite back.

New Emoticons & more

You’ll also find 16 new BBM emoticons in this release – from a hotdog, and maracas, to a hacker and a pair of hot lips. We’ve also re-named what you know today as the ‘Updates’ tab…We’ve changed the name to ‘Feeds’ to better represent what you find here – the latest statuses and profile photos from your BBM contacts and the newest posts from the BBM Channels you follow.


BBM v2.2 for Android will be available starting later tonight from Google Play and will be coming to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the coming days.

There will be a BBM update for BlackBerry 10 and BBOS devices in the coming weeks as well!

Source: Inside BlackBerry