Research In Motion (RIM), the manufacturer of BlackBerry smartphones, is set to introduce a series of updates to its apps store over the coming days to make it easier for users to stay connected with their BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) community.
RIM recently announced that Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones, Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones, BlackBerry Travel, BlackBerry App World and BBM Music will now include BBM connectivity, making it even easier for users to stay in touch with their contacts, share experiences and content, and discover new things from their BBM community.
“Since we provided developers the means to build BBM connectivity into their apps, we have seen more than 800 hundred new BBM-connected apps come to market, which has been followed by a huge uptake by users – about one of every five apps being downloaded on BlackBerry App World is a BBM-connected app. Today we’re excited to announce that RIM has also integrated BBM connectivity into a number of our own popular apps and the BBM-connected revolution continues to grow,” ,” said Alec Saunders, RIM’s VP for developer relations in a media release.
Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones (version 3.0) and Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones (version 3.0) allow users to automatically share their Facebook status or latest Tweet with their BBM friends right from within the app.
The new BlackBerry Travel app (version 2.5) is now BBM-connected, allowing users to share their travel plans and flight changes directly with select BBM contacts or with their entire BBM community.
The BBM (version 6.2) and BlackBerry App World (version 3.1.2), users can easily update their BBM profile to let their friends know about the great new app they’ve just downloaded on BlackBerry App World. With this updated version of BlackBerry App World, users can also instantly share info about their favorite app or a list of their installed apps with friends using BlackBerry Tag. The BlackBerry Tag however requires an Near Field Communication or NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphone running BlackBerry 7.1 OS or higher.
With the enhanced BBM Music (version 1.2), discovering music and making friends is easier than ever as with the app, Music friends can be recommended to users right from within the BBM Music app itself, making it easier for users to connect and expand their music collection. The new feature even allows users to sample others’ songs before accepting new contacts on BBM Music.