BlackBerry's looking for ways to make money these days since producing phones just doesn't pay the bills like it used to, and it looks like BBM's latest app update - which has just gone live in the Play Store - introduces one such new approach. Starting with version 2.1 of the instant messaging app, users can head over to the freshly opened BBM Shop and walk out with any of a variety of sticker packs. The idea isn't at all new, but that doesn't make it any less amusing. Each of BBM's packs contain around 20 to 25 stickers. Some go for free, but others cost $1.99.

While the app does offer general emoticons, many of the new enticing options feature characters and brands such as Gilbert's Tales, Shaun the Sheep, and the WWE. For a limited time, users can download that last pack for free.


Stickers aside, 2.1 introduces other changes. The file transfer size has increased up to 16MB. This won't handle most videos or larger files, but it should allow users to send high-quality images just fine. Speaking of which, this app also makes it possible to send pictures in chats with multiple people, useful for those times when you want to discuss those vacation photos as a group.

What's new:

  • Add more fun to your BBM chats with the introduction of stickers available in the new BBM Shop
  • Increased file transfer size (16MB) lets you share higher quality photos, bigger files and longer videos
  • Picture sharing in multi-person chats makes it easy to send a pic to a group of people so you can all talk about it together
  • Other bug fixes and performance improvements

BBM's continuing to shape up into a solid messaging client. Even if stickers aren't your thing, it may just be worth checking out in the Play Store below.

Source: BlackBerry

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Dimerk

    BBM? What is that?

    • Mkvarner

      I think it belongs in a museum.

  • Jephri

    In other news Blackberry was just purchased by Lisa Frank. Turns out they have a lot in common. They both love stickers, they both fell out of popularity years ago and they both demonstrate an outward lack of taste by those using their products.

    • maximilien321

      my Aunty Grace got a nearly new blue Kia by
      working part time from the internet. look at this now C­a­s­h­D­u­t­i­e­s­.­ℂ­o­m

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Nexus 7 - "not supported"

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin


  • http://twitter.com/qngml KONG!

    Still faraway behind its competitor😑

  • papernick

    I was waiting this update. It's so user friendly and smooth.

    • abobobilly

      I am going to pretend this is a sarcasm :p

      • Matthew Fry

        It's a reference to the suspicious 5 star reviews when it was released initially.

      • Matthew Fry

        It's a reference to the suspicious 5 star reviews when it was released initially.

        • abobobilly

          Hah. So it "is" a sarcasm. I didn't bother reading those 5 star reviews so i did not know their wordings.

  • naturalblue

    they're so desperate to make money at this point, they've completely forgotten that their android version is so damn buggy. how about fixing the bugs before trying to monetize on it? geez!

  • bennfrisco

    BBM is much better than Google Talk Hangouts!! I dont use either but Hangouts is just plain ugly to use!!

  • Deeco

    2006 called they want their UI back!

  • abobobilly

    Still looks ugly as f*ck and is a performance hog.