BBM is set to receive an update less than a week after entering beta, enabling a slew of new features that include custom PINs and Android Wear support.
The custom PIN functionality will allow users to pay $1.99 USD per month for a 6-8 character PIN of their choosing. Only letters and numbers can be included – special characters will not be an option. In addition to this, a $0.99 USD per month subscription will be offered to allow users to get rid of ads and sponsored invites. Any users with an active subscription will have a badge on their avatar to show that this is the case.
The new update will also officially enable Android Wear functionality for Android users, providing message notifications with the ability to read and respond to them. On the iOS side of BBM, this update will allow users to lock BBM using a four-digit passcode or the Touch ID fingerprint reader.
This BBM update also enables pictures in group chats, building upon the ability to send stickers in group chats from the last update. Any photos sent this way will be added to the Pictures section of a group automatically.
The update begins rolling out to BlackBerry 10 and Android users tomorrow, while iOS users are set to receive it “soon.” There’s currently no word on whether or not the Windows Phone client will eventually receive these improvements as well.
Source: Inside BlackBerry Blog