Research In Motion (RIM) has updated the BlackBerry Messenger, its proprietary, free-to-use instant messaging application to version 6 with integration to external apps.
Downloadable today for all devices running BlackBerry OS 4.5 or higher, BlackBerry Messenger 6, or BBM 6 for short, now enables users to chat even within a third-party app they are running. The initial batch of apps offering BBM integration includes Foursquare, Huffington Post and Wikitude.
RIM stated: “BBM connected apps integrate the popular functionality of the BBM service and offer users the ability to interact with their friends from within the app itself.”
This means users can invite their friends to join them in a game and chat at the same time with another in real time without ever leaving the game.
Alistair Mitchell, VP of BBM Platform & Integrated Services at Research In Motion, said: “BBM 6 marks the beginning of an even greater social experience for BlackBerry smartphone users.
“It also represents an incredible opportunity for developers to leverage the viral nature of the BBM service and we have already begun working with various developer partners who will be bringing their BBM connected apps to BlackBerry App World this week, offering users highly engaging app experiences.”
BBM 6 is available at www.blackberry.com/blackberrymessenger and will be followed by a range of BBM supported apps to be released on the BlackBerry App World this week.