Research in Motion debuts BBM 6

New messaging service features support for BBM connected apps

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Research in Motion debuts BBM 6 BBM 6 allows users to access games, geo-location apps and more from inside the BBM 6 app.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  July 28, 2011

Research In Motion has revealed its latest BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) application. BBM 6 features support for BBM connected apps, designed to allow users to interact with each other from within the BBM connected app.

BBM connected apps integrate the functionality of the BBM service and offer users the ability to interact with their friends from within the app itself.

BBM users, for example, can now invite friends to join them when playing a BBM connected game app and chat to them in real time.

BBM 6 launched yesterday, and a selection of BBM connected apps are available on BlackBerry App World.

"BBM 6 marks the beginning of an even greater social experience for BlackBerry smartphone users," said Alistair Mitchell, VP, BBM Platform and Integrated Services at Research In Motion. "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."

New BBM 6 application features also include the ability to share apps with friends, so if a user finds an app they think is great, they can invite friends to use it through selecting a BBM contact within the BBM app.

BBM 6 also features BBM chat within apps and the ability to view and download friend's apps.

The new BBM 6 software will is available at www.blackberry.com/blackberrymessenger, and a selection of BBM connected apps will be posted on BlackBerry App World this week, with many more expected over the coming months.

Applications that will be available to download soon are Pocket Ants by Concrete Software and an integrated Foursquare app.

"RIM is a fantastic partner. We're thrilled to be working with them to provide a better experience to millions of foursquare users around the world by integrating foursquare with BBM," said Holger Luedorf, VP of Mobile and Partnerships for foursquare.

Also on the list are The Huffington Post, SAP, Jingu, PowWow social event coordination, ScoreMobile sports app, Telmap geolocation app and Backgammon King by Magmic.

"Players have always been able to play Backgammon King against real opponents but playing against your friends took a lot of time and effort," said Troy Johnson, director Strategic Initiatives, Magmic. "Your BBM contacts are your friends and BBM 6 is making it incredibly easy to share Backgammon King with them and invite them to play in real-time.  The ease of access to our product, the ease of sharing and the ease of player engagement are each major breakthroughs. Combine those attributes of BBM 6 with Magmics' industry leading in-game chat design and you have an incredibly entertaining experience. Trash talking your best friend over a game of backgammon has never been easier and more fun. It's no exaggeration to say, for Backgammon King, BBM 6 is a real game changer."

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