BlackBerry today announced an update of BBM, offering stickers to add on the chat. Available for download later today from the respective app stores for the Android, BlackBerry and iOS platforms, BBM will now offer stickers larger, bolder and more expressive images than emoticons that BBM users can add to their chats. Customers will be able to purchase and download sticker packs from the new BBM shop found in BBM.
"Stickers are another great example of how were making the BBM experience more engaging and fun for our customers, said David Proulx, Senior Director, BBM at BlackBerry. Stickers let you personalise your chats and strike the right chord with people around the world who rely on stickers in chats when they connect with colleagues, family, friends, peers and partners.
BBM customers will be able to download a variety of sticker packs right inside BBM from the BBM Shop. Each sticker pack contains between 20 and 25 stickers and features content developed by talented artists or relating to a theme or a character like CosCat, Gilberts Tales or Bubble Bot, as well as sticker packs featuring content from popular brands including Shaun the Sheep and WWE. To start, sticker packs will either be offered for free, or cost $1.99, or an approximate equivalent amount in the local currency, and will be billed through the devices app store.
In addition to stickers, BBM customers can now easily share photos in multi-person chats. Photos will be delivered in the chat as a thumbnail that can be opened to reveal the image in full size. BBM customers can also now send higher quality photos, videos and presentations thanks to larger in-chat file transfers. Files up to 16MB can now be shared in a chat, an increase of 10MB.