The BoyGenius scored some great screencandy of an upcoming update to BlackBerry Messenger. BlackBerry Messenger has not really seen a big update other than a facelift in years so it is nice to see that RIM has not forgotten about it. They have actually added one of my favorite features to the device. You will soon be able to share your GPS location with friends and know when they are near. I just hope RIM adds cell tower triangulation so your GPS does not always need to be on…
Here are some of the features they noticed in the update:
- Avatar support — set your own avatar using the Camera or saved photo on your device (this is displayed locally as well as shown next to your Messenger name on your friend’s buddy list)
- GPS location integration — you can now set permissions so friends can always see your location, have to request it each time, or never can see it
- Proximity sensor — we’re guessing this will let you know if you’re within a certain distance of friends (pending, of course, you’re both set to share locations freely with each other)
- Set conversation subjects — this will allow you to organize your conversations on the main Messenger screen and label them with subjects to keep track of all your conversations
- Homescreen support — you can pin/sticky actual Messenger contacts directly to the homescreen for easy access!
Talk about a great feature set. It would be even cooler if RIM found a way to extend the messenger beyond BlackBerrys to your desktop…