BlackBerry Messenger hasn’t really been significantly updated since it first came out years ago, however, judging by these pictures of an updated BlackBerry Messenger found over on BGR, the new BlackBerry to BlackBerry instant messaging platform has been completely overhauled.
Here is a list of just a few of the new features and enhancements:
- Avatar support — set your own avatar using the Camera or saved photo on your device (this is displayed locally as well as shown next to your Messenger name on your friend’s buddy list)
- GPS location integration — you can now set permissions so friends can always see your location, have to request it each time, or never can see it
- Proximity sensor — we’re guessing this will let you know if you’re within a certain distance of friends (pending, of course, you’re both set to share locations freely with each other)
- Set conversation subjects — this will allow you to organize your convos on the main Messenger screen and label them with subjects to keep track of all your conversations
- Homescreen support — you can pin/sticky actual Messenger contacts directly to the homescreen for easy access!
I know that this is probably just wishful thinking but how great would it be if RIM offered a desktop client for BlackBerry Messenger? I’ll save the for another post.