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BBM update brings animated stickers, richer video editing, and free custom PIN options

A new BBM Android beta has started rolling out, and it gives us a pretty decent look at what will be coming when it hits public release. Over the past few months, BBM has changed quite a bit both visually and in the features it offers, and this latest update sticks to that pattern as well by bringing new animated stickers, richer video editing and sharing, and free custom PIN options.


Reminder: Follow BlackBerry Mobile on your favorite social media!

July has buzzed on by but it's not too late to catch up with BlackBerry Mobile and all social happenings. BBMobile has been crushing their Instagram game with regularly updated stories, videos, and posts. Right now there's actually a community call to action around the #ShotOnKEYone hashtag - so share your best summer photos shot on the BlackBerry KEYone for a chance to be featured on their channel.

☀ Summer is in full swing! 🌊 Tag us in your favorite KEYone summer photos using #ShotOnKEYone - we'll be featuring some amazing shots next week. Hit the link in our bio to learn more about this strong #BlackBerry camera. 📸 Until then, have a great weekend everyone! #TeamBlackBerry #KEYone

A post shared by BlackBerry Mobile (@blackberrymobile) on Jul 22, 2017 at 8:19am PDT

Besides Instagram, BlackBerry Mobile is prevalent on Facebook and Twitter keeping users up to date on the latest announcement and updates, such as back in stock notifications for some of their major retailers such as Amazon (US). If you're a YouTube viewer or avid LinkedIn user, BlackBerry Mobile has their own spaces on these platforms as well and are inviting users to subscribe.

Our post just earlier today on Orange France offering the BlackBerry KEYone was plucked right off the company's twitter where they even shared extra details that a retail presence for KEYone was setup in Paris. Finer details like this make BBMobile social channels a good place to join up so you can stay updated will all the announcements and upcoming news.


BBM partners with Ariiyatickets to bring in-app ticket purchases to Nigeria

BBM has launched another new service in the BBM Discover Menu for users in Nigeria. This time around, they've partnered with Ariiyatickets to launch Event Tickets, a new service that allows Nigerians to browse for local concerts and events, and purchase tickets in advance right inside BBM.

"Nigerians have been enthusiastically adopting new mobile services for years," said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company which operates and runs BBM globally. "Event Tickets adds to our growing portfolio of in-app services that make daily life easier, more convenient and more entertaining for our large and active user base in Nigeria."

Elsie Oluku CRO of Ariiyatickets.com said, "We are excited to be a part of this awesome innovation. The partnership with BBM Messenger provides us with a simple, convenient way to publicize events and sell tickets to a broad socially connected audience."

First-time users are only required to set up their account once with their debit card, and they can immediately transact on other services on Discover such as Quickteller Airtime Top-Up, Money Transfer and Paycode (used for cardless ATM withdrawal), and Movie Tickets.

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BBM Messenger Partners with Ariiyatickets to Offer Event Tickets Service to Users in Nigeria

New Service inside BBM Discover Enables In-App Ticket Purchase for Local Concerts and Other Events

Lagos, Nigeria – July 24, 2017 – Creative Media Works, operating as BBM, today launches Event Tickets inside Discover with partner, Ariiyatickets. The service allows Nigerians to browse for local concerts and events, and purchase tickets in advance – all without leaving the messaging app.

Ariiyatickets, similar to other Nigerian BBM Discover partners, uses the Interswitch mobile checkout feature developed for BBM Messenger. First time users are only required to set up their account once with their debit card and they can immediately transact on other services on Discover such as Quickteller Airtime Top-Up, Money Transfer and Paycode (used for cardless ATM withdrawal), and Movie Tickets.

Digital tickets are increasing in popularity, especially among millennials, who rely on their phones more than any other age group. According to the World Factbook, Nigeria has no shortage of them, with a majority of the population under 25 years old. Going digital means users can skip the line, purchase tickets in advance, and transact in a streamlined, mobile-friendly experience with secured payment within BBM Messenger.

BBM Messenger is one of the largest mobile messaging applications in the world. Since it was created in August 2005, BBM has evolved from a pure messaging application for communication (text and video) to a social ecosystem unifying chat, social, commerce, content and services including bill payment, top-up, vouchers/coupons, news, games, comics, video, shopping, travel, career, sports and polls.

"Nigerians have been enthusiastically adopting new mobile services for years," said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company which operates and runs BBM globally. "Event Tickets adds to our growing portfolio of in-app services that make daily life easier, more convenient and more entertaining for our large and active user base in Nigeria."

Elsie Oluku CRO of Ariiyatickets.com said, "We are excited to be a part of this awesome innovation. The partnership with BBM Messenger provides us with a simple, convenient way to publicize events and sell tickets to a broad socially connected audience."

About BBM

On 27 June 2016, Creative Media Works, a division of PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi Tbk. (Emtek, IDX:EMTK) – one of Indonesia's largest media, content and technology businesses – announced a long term strategic alliance with BlackBerry Limited to accelerate consumer BBM's research and development in offering new and exciting features, services and content to the global consumer market. As part of this strategy, BBM is making its APIs available to expedite the growth of partners and consumer services such as:

  • Content – music and video streaming, games, sports, news, celebrity blogs, horoscopes and more
  • Commerce – shopping, gifting and coupons/vouchers
  • Online to Offline Commerce – booking movies, travel, health services, real-estate or job postings
  • Finance – P2P payments, money transfer, mobile phone re-charge, and utilities billing

Creative Media Works now operates under the BBM banner as a stand-alone consumer focused business with teams operating from Waterloo, Mississauga, Ottawa, Singapore, Jakarta, UAE and South Africa. For more information, visit www.bbm.com.


BlackBerry KEYone in black rumored to be launching soon

Ever since the BlackBerry KEYone was initially released, there have been rumors (and hopes) that BlackBerry Mobile would be releasing an all black version and now, it looks as though that might become a reality. As spotted by the folks over at BerryLink, what appears to be a pre-release BlackBerry KEYone in black has been spotted posted for sale alongside various other rumors suggesting a launch in China scheduled for August 8.


Orange France offering limited time special pricing on the BlackBerry KEYone

The BlackBerry KEYone has now arrived at Orange France and for a limited time, the carrier is offering the new Android-powered BlackBerry for €119.90 after €100 refund when you agree to a 24-month term. Should you miss out on the special offer, which runs until August 22nd, the price of the KEYone will go to €219.90 or €599.90 if you purchase the device only.

According to the site, they KEYone is in stock right now and can be shipped out to you for free within 72 hours. Additionally, the @BBMobile Twitter account has noted Orange also has stock available in Paris via Boutique Orange Opéra.

See the BlackBerry KEYone at Orange France


Carphone Warehouse knocks £50 off the price of the KEYone, now available for £449

If you live in the UK and still haven't picked up a BlackBerry KEYone, you might want to give Carphone Warehouse a look. The retailer is now offering reduced pricing on the latest Android-powered BlackBerry when you buy it SIM free.


Snag some Comic-Con deals on movies from Google Play this weekend!

The San Diego Comic-Con is well underway and to celebrate, Google Play has some pretty sweet deals on superhero movies!

Following along with all the news coming out of the San Diego Comic-Con is always fun but if you're looking jump even deeper into the superhero world, why not take in a movie at home this weekend? Right now, Google Play has discounted a bunch of superhero movies that you can rent or purchase. Everything from live action movies to animated features are available, so there's sure to be something that piques your interest!


Google Play Protect has arrived to keep your Android phone safe from bad apps

If you're using a BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android, chances are you got an update recently from Google and didn't even notice it. Initially announced at Google I/O, Google has now begun rolling out their new security system, Google Play Protect, on any phone with the latest version of Google Play Services.


BlackBerry strengthens cybersecurity offering for the Canadian and U.S. Governments

As part of their growing BlackBerry Secure portfolio of software, BlackBerry has announced it has expanded its cybersecurity offerings for the public sector to include SecuSUITE for Government, their multi-platform solution for end-to-end encryption of voice calls and text messages.


BBM and Planet Sport Publishing team up to launch Football365 Worldwide

Looking to keep up to date with all the latest Football (I want to type soccer so bad!) news? Look no further than the BBM Discover menu. BBM in partnership with Planet Sport Publishing have now officially launched Football365 which covers 'all the leagues, teams, and goals worldwide'.


Reminder: Update WhatsApp on BlackBerry 10 to ensure it continues to work

This is just a reminder for all you folks out there using [WhatsApp](/whatsapp] on BlackBerry 10 to ensure you're running the latest version available from BlackBerry World. We've received quite a few emails, Tweets and forum posts now from folks stating that WhatsApp is no longer working on their BlackBerry 10 devices.


BlackBerry rolls out new beta versions of Hub Suite+ core apps

A fresh round of beta versions of the Hub Suite+ core apps have now made their way to the Google Play Store and are available for download to those with access. For now, we're seeing BlackBerry Hub+ Services, BlackBerry Keyboard, Contacts, Calendar, Hub, Notes and Tasks, all showing updates. Unfortunately, the changelogs have all been recycled from previous versions this time around so there are no hints as to what's new or might have been addressed in these updates.


BBM launches travel and tourism discover channel in MENA

Middle Eastern and North African BBM users now have a new section in their Discover menu to check out as BBM has now added Sa2eh as a destination for travel and tourism content.


BlackBerry KEYone now available from SFR in France!

After announcing their pre-order availability of the BlackBerry KEYone near the end of June, SFR in France has now begun letting customers know via email that the BlackBerry KEYone is now available for purchase online and in store.


Rogers BlackBerry KEYone update scheduled for July 17th

If you purchased a BlackBerry KEYone from Rogers and have been wondering where your July update is the Rogers OS upgrade schedule has the answer you seek. According to the schedule, which was recently updated, BlackBerry KEYone owners on Rogers should look for an update on their devices starting on July 17th.


CrackBerry Podcast: The hidden one

On this episode, we dig into some of the latest KEYone news, answer some Twitter questions and discuss some rumored codenames for the next BlackBerry devices.

Now that Kevin has got some rest from all the CrackBerry KEYone Meetups, we managed to get things in line for a CrackBerry podcast. This time around, we discuss all the latest BlackBerry KEYone news including the most recent announcement of Sprint starting sales on July 14, the latest rumors surrounding the next set of BlackBerry devices codenamed 'Krypton' and 'Juno', plus we answer some Twitter questions from listeners. We kept things pretty tight for this one, so settle in and check out the video! We'll get the audio uploaded as soon as possible for those of you out there who prefer to listen rather than watch.


BlackBerry KEYone will officially go on sale at Sprint starting July 14

Although we had a little bit of a heads up on the release date thanks to comments posted on the Sprint Community Forums, TCL and Sprint have now officially announced that the BlackBerry KEYone will go on sale at Sprint starting July 14.


BlackBerry KEYone looks set to arrive on Sprint starting July 14

Although it certainly hasn't been any secret that Sprint will be offering the BlackBerry KEYone to their customer base, the date of availability has until now remained at 'this summer'. According to a new posting coming from the Sprint Community Forums, though, Sprint customers looking to get their hands on the BlackBerry KEYone will be able to do so starting on July 14 through direct shipments and all other channels kicking off sales on July 28.


Sound Scheme for BlackBerry 10 brings customizable sound notifications to almost all OS events

Although great, native BlackBerry 10 apps are getting harder to come by these days there are still several developers out there releasing some awesome tools for BlackBerry 10. Among them is Burning Platform, which has recently released Sound Scheme for BlackBerry 10. Like sound schemes in Windows or MacOS, Sound Scheme for BlackBerry 10 allows you to customize almost all OS events with a sound notification.


BlackBerry KEYone July update includes new Support Center app

A spot for Feedback, E-Warranty, Hardware Diagnosis and more!

Now that the July Android security update has started hitting BlackBerry KEYone owners devices, folks have noticed a new Support Center app that has been included in this release. What is it? Glad you asked.


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