If I hadn’t had phone issues, this would have been a day sooner, so I apologize in advance for being delayed here. The BlackBerry Beta Zone released BBM v7 Beta and let’s just say it’s making us even more eager for BB10. Check it out…
BBM has really come a ways and with this new beta version even more so. I remember when changing BlackBerry devices or even BlackBerry devices to another carrier, it was best if you were OS 6.0 to link your BlackBerry Messenger to an email that you can bring up on the new BlackBerry to transfer your BBM. Now it’s even better. This time voice is brought into the mix. Not only that, but also new is that the BlackBerry ID is now tied to the BlackBerry Messenger. I love this feature. I tried this out and have to share that the sound quality is really good, it sounds very similar to speaking on mobile Skype. The one thing I’ve found missing since this beta has made it unnecessary is the ability to backup or restore from the BBM>
What’s new and included with this premier version of BBM v7.0 beta?
BBM Voice – For the times when you want to hear a friend’s laughter instead of reading their LOL’s, BBM now comes with BBM Voice. Now you have the freedom to switch almost any BBM conversation from text to a call and speak to your BBM contacts, from almost anywhere they are in the world for free over WiFi. You’ll instantly know whenever BBM friends are available to call. Alternatively, if the moment isn’t right to speak with a friend who’s calling, simply choose to respond discretely by text.
- Visual Indicator – Know instantly when BBM friends are available to voice call – no guesswork needed. Leaving you to decide how and when to connect with all your BBM friends.
- Multitasking with BBM Voice – Do more while you chat – with BBM Voice you are free to respond to BBM text chats, check emails or navigate to other apps while still on a BBM Voice call.
- Accessory compatible – Choose how you chat with BBM Voice – BBM Voice is compatible with your accessories. Use the handset, the speakerphone, Bluetooth accessory or a wired headset – and easily switch between them via the onscreen menu item in the active chat screen.
BBID Synchronization – Users can now switch even more easily between BlackBerry smartphones since BBM 7 allows your BBM profile, Groups and Contacts to be linked to your BBID. Integration with BBID will also allow users to seamlessly transfer all of their BBM information to a BlackBerry 10 device.
When you go into your BBM, you can see who has the new version by the phone icon in the top right. If they are on wifi and able to receive a call, the icon turns green. It makes a sound like a call, much similar to the Video Chat on the BlackBerry PlayBook.
I can only imagine that with BB10 the voice chat will become video chat and sound just as good. For now there’s just a bit of a lag, but it’s really a great surprise for us. It more than meets expectations and I am really excited to see what the next versions will be like and what they’ll bring to us.
Let us know what you think if you have downloaded it and tried it out. I love the idea that you can talk without sharing your phone number if you don’t want to give it out, there’s just so much potential for BBM.