BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 was officially released last night prompting practically everybody who found out to upgrade. It was first only found in the App World but shortly thereafter we found the direct download link at http://www.blackberry.com/blackberrymessenger. While many people may be happy with their current version of BlackBerry Messenger I thought I would highlight a few reasons why you should upgrade. The upgrade is a whopping 2.8 megabytes but it is well worth it. Sadly some of the coolest features are for OS 5.0+ only but hopefully we will all get that upgrade soon! The software also requires OS 4.5+ according to RIM so you need to upgrade if you are running anything older.
NOTE: PLEASE backup your phone using Desktop Manager before you upgrade! We have been hearing a few reports about people’s devices not upgrading correctly and would hate for you to lose your information.
- I am not sure if this is a replacement for the BlackBerry Groups app that has yet to be replaced but it is awesome! Groups is really a collaborative chat room for you and your BlackBerry buddies. You can view group members, share pictures with included voice notes, share task lists, and even have a group calendar. It works quite well but I have been hearing some reports that it might be a battery drain… Let us know!
Enhanced threaded SMS
- This cool new feature requires OS 5.0 but lets you have threaded chat like SMS conversations. There are quite a few restrictions on this that I am not too happy about but it is still really cool. As RIM details in this article: “SMS messages will only appear in BlackBerry Messenger if the user added to BlackBerry Messenger and the SMS conversation is started in BlackBerry Messenger”
Contact Backup and Restore
- This feature was a long time coming from RIM and did not work well on the leaked beta in my experience. It looks like RIM has truly revamped it allowing you to do both remote and local backups of your contact lists. The remote backup associates your contact list with your email address and stores it on RIM’s servers. The local backup stores it to local memory such as the SD card. No longer will we have to lose our contact lists!
Avatars & enhanced contact display
- With BBM 5.0 RIM has placed a focus on your identity. You will now be able to set an avatar and allow BBM to show your contacts Avatars and associate them with your phone book. This is a really cool way to get picture ID in your phone book. The Avatars are actually pretty high quality and you can zoom in on them.
Large Media File Transfer
- This is the other OS 5.0+ required feature that lets you send up to 6 megabytes of pictures, files, and audio at a time. Maybe we can turn BBM into a BlackBerry file sharing app… You can always send you favorite song for a friend to check out.
There are quite a few more hidden options like adding users via Barcode or even joining a group via barcode. You can add me to your BBM using the barcode below to get an idea of how it works:
So what is your favorite feature?
I’m really feeling this upgrade.
the website is http:www.blackberry.com/messenger
Installed via App World.
My 9530 with 22.214.171.124 is fine.
My 9630 with 126.96.36.199 blew up and failed to boot.
Verizon Bold 9930 work
Verizon Droid Bionic play
The BBM 5.0 rocks! I just had one question. I had a shortcut set for BBM with QuickLaunch (The awesome app everyone must have!!!) Some how when I select BBM from the Quick Launch Menu…it opens up the messenger successfully, but I am not able to chat/change options or do anything!!!! Vice-Versa when I just use the App Switcher to select BBM which is always running in background…it works fine…
But interesting thing to note here qith QuickLaunch shortcut is that after I had Selected BBM from QuickLaunch shortcut menu and if I go back and select the BBM from the AppSwitcher…it fails to let me chat or change anything and BBM screen becomes Washed out white….
ANy one facing that issue?? All works ok with BBM 5 if I don’t start BBM via QucikLaunch at all.
Weird…may be QL needs a version update…like BerryBuzz just recently updated to .35 version to support OS 5.0 and BBM 5.0
Any inputs thoughts? Please help!
I reaaly like the upgrade and several new features are nice.
My favorite new feature is the extended set of emoticons.
Still hoping for custom emoticons in the future.
Also, while the custom status feature is great it would be helpful for each one to have a unique status message. Also, some manner of automated status change would be swift.
Still, loving the new messenger!
I love many new features on BBM5 but there is also a drawback on sending/receiving Voice Note.
Voice Note feature become more complicated to use,
When I press “Send Voice Note” it prompt me again to “Start” or “Cancel”.
What are they thinking???
And I need also need to “Accept” Voice Note from others before playback !!!
Why someone sending you a Voice Note and I don’t want to hear their voice note?
They should add auto-accept feature onto the software.
Do not install this. It will possibly brick your phone. Even with a backup, you will still spend hours trying to reimage/wipe the device to even begin to get it functioning again. It’s junk.
I’m having the same issue with my 9630. I am able to get it to reload the software and 3rd party apps but somewhere in there is something that still is causing the download of the new messenger to brick my phone. If it fails again I’m wiping it and starting from scratch with no 3rd party apps.
I feel your pain.
My 8900 in bricked by this. I called RIM and they wanted $50 so I could talk to customer care. It is their official app that did this! If I was running the beta version of Messenger, or App World, or OS, I’d understand but since I was not, I think they need to fix this!! Back to T-Mobile care for me…
Works perfectly fine! I had no issues at all and as a matter of fact works like a charm! awesome BBM 5.0!!!!
I decided to kill two birds with one stone. I went ahead and took this opportunity to wipe my Tour and install 188.8.131.52. After doing so, and restoring my 3rd party apps, I did the install via the blackberry.com link above (rather than App World) and so far it is working fine as far as I can tell.
Using BBSAK 1.5, even though my 9630 was “bricked” and wouldn’t boot, I was still able to connect to the device and backup all my 3rd party apps. Then I used BBSAK to wipe the device and install the new OS. The I used Desktop Manager to reinstall my 3rd party apps.
I just got a replacement 9530 from Verizon today (my 6th, phone button jest “fell off” my 5th), so I’ll be trying the upgrade once more once #6 is activated.
Before I download this to my Tour 9630/184.108.40.206 (since it seems other Tour users are among those ending up with “bricked” phones) did those of you that have it working fine download it from the blackberry site and those with issues get it via App World, or vice versa? ( i.e. is there a common thread?)
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