Friday, October 09, 2009

BlackBerry Messenger 5 is now available

RIM has finally updated BlackBerry Messenger program. Thank goodness, the previous version felt old a few years ago. The 2.4MB update brings a wealth of new features like the ability to create an avatar, adding friends by scanning a bar code, group messaging, and the ability to share multimedia with multiple contacts at once. Plus, it looks a hell of a lot better. This program of course is meant just for communicating with other BlackBerrys using each phone’s unique PIN.

You have two install options: either navigate to via your phone’s browser to initiate the OTA download or find the program in App World. Be warned though, the program requires a reboot to finish the installation.

Click through for the full list of updates and new features.

    The follow is a subset of new or improved features found in BlackBerry Messenger 5.0. For more information on these and all features, please refer to the BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 user guide.

  • BlackBerry Messenger is supported for BlackBerry handheld software 4.5 and higher.

  • Certain features may require specific handheld code version.

  • Users using BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 will still be able to communicate with users of all older version of BlackBerry Messenger.

  • Enhanced SMS Integration
  • BlackBerry Messenger provides a unified interface for sending and receiving SMS/MMS messages.

  • Single contact list for most personal mobile to mobile communications.

  • Conversational Chat-like User Experience, similar to a BlackBerry Messenger
  • There is also a reply area at the bottom of the Conversation Screen for responding to SMS messages.

  • Personalization of SMS contacts, such as Avatars.

  • SMS integration only available on BlackBerry device software 5.0 and higher.