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Test: BlackBerry Messenger is now available on the Play Store!

By leaps and bounds the BBM officially arrives for Android. One of BlackBerry's premium apps is available for download from the Play Store and features a secure, quality app for Google's operating system. I tested the app with Nico Heister, my German teammate, and I only have good things to say so far. The first impression is that, in terms of user interface and functionality, BBM gives a bath in the competition.

BBM Android teaser
BBM for Android now official and brings some delights for users! / AndroidPIT

BBM comes with most of the features already found in other instant messaging apps. However, it has a unique feature: each user is given a PIN code, which ensures security and privacy, which means that you do not have to give your phone number or email address to communicate with someone. In addition, you choose your contacts through the two-way authorization feature, which allows the user to control who can send messages.

BBM Android app
BBM's userfriendly UI and functions like Groups are extremely interesting, especially for corporate use. / AndroidPIT

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There are some features of instant messaging applications that had not given much value until using BBM, such as Groups. I don't use Facebook Messenger, so my experience comes down to comparing it to WhatsApp, Skype, and Hangouts. With BBM it is not possible to conduct video conferences, for example, such as Skype or Hangouts, but it offers virtually all the functions that WhatsApp brings, except sending small videos.

There are three features that are quite functional beyond the real purpose of BBM instant messaging: groups, custom settings, and the UI.

At customizable settings are a strong point of BBM. In addition to adjustments such as the tone of the notifications, the user can choose their LED color. Plus, you add status, insert emoticons in the status bar and check your update history. All chat possibilities are customizable, including contact layout: grid or list.

THE user interface super friendly, you can see when the message was delivered (D) and when it was read (R), like Hangouts. Smiles are easily accessible, you can add people to the conversation via the action bar, send attachments like pictures and voice notes, as well as save a copy of the conversation. Save the optional chat history.

It is worth mentioning that the ways to add contacts are variable, as they can be done through QR code, PIN, email, SMS or NFC.

BBM Android App Settings
The settings, as well as the user experience, are extremely easy to use and have nice features such as the ability to set the color of the notification LED, so you always know when someone contacted you via BBM! / AndroidPIT

The application responds quickly to commands and instant messaging, including status updates and user status here. I used the app for over an hour and a half and still did not point in my energy expenditure, already for Nico, the use was 5%.

Last but not least, the feature Groups It was the function that caught my attention, perhaps because it is so organized and has a UI that holds all the information in place. In addition, the user has a page dedicated only to the groups of which he is part.

Android BBM Groups
Using BBM you can create events and lists that can be subscribed to by members. This is an intrinsic feature of BlackBerry, that is, quite involved with the business universe! / AndroidPIT

There is only one feature that I find somewhat curious: the PING. Apparently, a function very similar to the "poke" of Facebook. Will understand!

Conclusion

In a conversation with my colleague Arthur in the morning, we discussed why Steve Jobs never accepted the migration from iTunes to Windows and how much this change has directly impacted on Apple's increased purchase of devices. Then, in a conversation with other editors here on AndroidPIT about BBM, I came to the conclusion that BlackBerry – like many other manufacturers – over-protects its best services, for fear of offering competitors a previously imagined erroneous service as exclusive. To give you an idea, according to the research and statistics company The statist, WhatsApp is the fourth fastest growing app of the year, if you take this into account, BlackBerry missed putting BBM ahead of other instant messaging apps some time ago.

Therefore, I am still in favor of the idea behind Google's services, regardless of OS, users may have the same applications already used in the web version.

BlackBerry Messenger can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store, but is not yet available to all users, as if you have not previously subscribed to the BlackBerry website, you will have to wait for a call on a waiting list.

BBM runs its data or wifi, runs Android 4.0 or higher, and, like most apps in its category, does not support tablets.

If you have questions about how to purchase BBM or how the application works, visit the official website here.

And how about BlackBerry Messenger: single or more of it? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.

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