Research In Motion (RIM) today (28 July 2011) announced the availability of BBM version 6 (BBM 6), which provides support for “BBM connected” apps, allowing users to easily interact with each other from within the BBM connected app.
BBM connected apps integrate the functionality of the BBM service and offer users the ability to interact with their friends from within the app itself.
For example, with a BBM connected game app, users can invite their BBM friends to join them in a game and then chat with one another in real time while the game is being played – without ever leaving the game app.
BBM 6 launches today and a selection of BBM connected apps are already available on BlackBerry App World.
“BBM 6 marks the beginning of an even greater social experience for BlackBerry smartphone users,” said Alistair Mitchell, VP BBM Platform & Integrated Services at Research In Motion.
“It also represents an incredible opportunity for developers to leverage the viral nature of the BBM service and we have already begun working with various developer partners who will be bringing their BBM connected apps to BlackBerry App World this week, offering users highly engaging app experiences,” said Mitchell.
Some of the additional functionality users can expect to see with BBM connected applications include the ability to share app experiences with friends, have a BBM chat within apps and discover apps through friends.