BBM for Android was updated to version 188.8.131.52 earlier this month. The latest release not only brings with it better privacy and security, but also a suite of much-requested user features including in-app search, likes, and better editing and retraction features.
There is a new BBM search funtion that lets you search your BBM chats, contacts, groups and channels. Results are categorized by chats, contacts, groups, or channels, making it even easier to find what you’re looking for.
To keep augmenting BBM Feeds’ social media capabilities, Android Users now have the ability to “like” personal feeds posts, and a new notifications section lets them know when contacts have liked a post of theirs.
With the latest release of BBM, users can now retract both pictures and entire chats in addition to individual messages. Retract and Edit are now available within multi-person chats with up to 200 people. In all cases, recipients will just see a “message retracted” note. For retract and edit, users must have a Privacy & Control subscription for BBM.
Users can also now locally delete messages from their chats, though this won’t delete those messages for other senders and recipients. This is a free feature for Android and iOS users today.
Along with what I’ve described above, the latest release of BBM contains a number of additional privacy, security, and usability enhancements:
Glympse: Users can now request Glympse location information from their contacts for a specific period of time
Android Broadcasts: Users on Android can now send broadcast messages to different categories of their contacts (i.e. friends, co-workers, family, etc.), an already-existing feature on BB10 and iOS.
You can download latest BBM for Android here.