Who else but Boy Genius got his hands-on what looks to be the new BlackBerry Messenger application. Not only that but BG got his hands-on the hot and sexy BlackBerry Onyx to demo it out. This is the first we’ve seen of the new messenger client which has tons of hot new features. Not only does the new Messenger have a new look but it supports GPS integration similar to Google Latitude to notify you when friends are close, avatar icons, and home screen icons. Here’s a complete list of the new features:
- Avatar support — set your own avatar using the Camera or saved photo on your device (this is displayed locally as well as shown next to your Messenger name on your friend’s buddy list)
- GPS location integration — you can now set permissions so friends can always see your location, have to request it each time, or never can see it
- Proximity sensor — we’re guessing this will let you know if you’re within a certain distance of friends (pending, of course, you’re both set to share locations freely with each other)
- Set conversation subjects — this will allow you to organize your convos on the main Messenger screen and label them with subjects to keep track of all your conversations
- Homescreen support — you can pin/sticky actual Messenger contacts directly to the homescreen for easy access!
Big props to Boy Genius for getting his hands on this and the Onyx!