BlackBerry has released a new version of its BBM chat service that includes additional privacy features. One of these features allows users to ‘withdraw’ messages before they are visible to the recipient.
In addition to the withdrawal of BBM messages the app now also offers a SnapChat like function. The app allows users to control how long others get to see the messages or images. The message will remain hidden until the receiver press on the message. In addition, the sender receives a notification when the recipient tries to make a screenshot.
BlackBerry announced the arrival of the privacy-conscious release of BBM earlier this month. The version with the features is available for BlackBerry 10, Android and iOS. For Windows Phone, there is also a client, but the Canadian smartphone maker didn’t say anything about the features of that platform.
The BBM app must compete with numerous competitors, such as WhatsApp, Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger. BlackBerry BBM hopes to generate more revenue in the long term. There is also a version for companies: BBM Protected, which is available for BlackBerry Enterprise Server users. Protected BBM must protect each message because it has its own encryption.
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