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BBM 2.0 introduces Voice, Channels for Android, iOS

New features also include file, photo sharing, Dropbox integration

BBM 2.0 introduces Voice, Channels for Android, iOS
BBM 2.0 brings Voice and Channels to Android and iOS users for the first time.

The latest version of BlackBerry's BBM app exposed Android and iOS users to Voice and Channels for the first time when it launched on Thursday.

The Voice feature allows users to make calls over the data network, avoiding carrier charges, while Channels is a chat system based around common topics of interest.

Location sharing allows users to broadcast their location through Glympse, for a set period of time, after which the app stops broadcasting and the location becomes hidden again. BBM 2.0 for Android includes integration with file-sharing service Dropbox.

BBM 2.0 is now available from Google Play and Apple's App Store.

"BBM continues to quickly evolve as a social mobile platform for consumers as well as for business customers through innovative features that give you great new ways to connect and share with each other," said John Sims, president, Global Enterprise Solutions, BlackBerry.

BlackBerry initially had to delay the launch of the BBM platform for Android and iOS when an undisclosed issue emerged during rollout. The Canadian smartphone vendor subsequently resumed the launch and claimed 20m users had downloaded BBM for Android and iPhone in the first two weeks.

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