BlackBerry Messenger 6.0 has finally entered the BlackBerry Beta Zone. The final release of the latest update to the popular Instant Messaging client on BlackBerries isn’t ready yet but you can access the BBM through Research In Motion (RIM). RIM has now added BlackBerry Messenger 6.0 into it’s BlackBerry Beta Zone. The most recent build of the BlackBerry Messenger 6.0 is 18.104.22.168. RIM made an official presentation of the new BBM 6.0 at the Mobile World Congress.
BBM 6.0 will incorporate many changes to the IM app’s UI. The new version will be designed to match the look-and-feel of RIM latest BlackBerry OS 6.0. It is said to aid users with visual cues to help users identify different types of messages at a glance while they are performing other tasks. RIM has made no official statements on making the app faster but it has said that it built to feel less laggy during user interaction over its predecessor.
New features will include searching for locations which you can include in your messages. BlackBerry Messenger 6.0 will allow you to share your location via GPS coordinates with groups by inserting your location coordinates into the messages and also send requests for meetings. These features and more will be derived from RIM’s SMS implementation. It also will include support for interaction with other users in media players, in-game messaging etc.
You will be able to send much larger files that earlier (hopefully audio-video and images) over BBM and from within the app, send chat invites to users and chat with them with the new BBM.
You can get the beta version of the BBM 6.0 but you need to be a Beta Zone member. Go to BlackBerry Beta Zone and sign up for free and start testing the newest and coolest BBM 6.0. BBM 6.0 is expected to arrive with BBOS 6.1 or higher sometime later this year.
P.S. BlackBerry Messenger 6.0 will support any BlackBerry running BBOS 6.0.
Here’s a BBM 6.0 presentation video from bbnews.pl
Note: If you are installing the beta version be sure to remove the older version (BBM 5.0) before proceeding. Please backup your phone and remember this beta version of the new BBM 6.0 will support only BBOS 6.0.