BlackBerry update fixes BBM Android and iOS issues

BlackBerry is updating its BBM for iPhone and Android apps with a few new features and fixes for several known issues, the company has announced.

The latest version should help you more easily connect with friends on BBM. One new feature lets you invite BBM contacts to Groups by email, which should be helpful if you don't know the person's PIN. You can also now quickly share your PIN and barcode on social networks like Facebook and Twitter without leaving the app. Besides that, there's a new "tell your friends" feature, which lets you send a notification to your contacts inviting them to download BBM.

On Android, the update also lets you create categories in your contact list to help you organise your BBM friends. Android users also get some new sorting and filtering options in BBM Groups, which should help you organise shared lists. In addition, the latest version of BBM for Android addresses an issue that caused some users to experience higher-than-normal battery drain.

Meanwhile on iOS, the update also brings support for iPod and iPad devices. It also fixes an issue on iOS that caused BBM contact names to go missing, as well as some problems in right to left language support.

BlackBerry released BBM for iOS and Android on 21 October and it quickly shot up in the App Store's free app rankings, taking the number 1 slot in more than 75 countries. In its first 24 hours, the app racked up more than 10 million downloads.

The updates to BBM for Android and iPhone have been rolled out and will be available as a free download in Google Play and App Store.

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