Communication was only possible between Black Berry devices until late 2013 when BBM was released on i OS and Android systems. Recent Black Berry devices can also exchange BBM contacts using Near Field Communication technology.
Users can also set animated gif pictures as their display pictures, The release of Black Berry Messenger 6.0 introduced additional traits.
This update is focused on social communication mediums, including 'BBM Connected Apps', which allow the user to invite friends to share their favourite Black Berry Applications.
In late December 2011, the audience measurement company BBM Canada sued RIM for infringing its trademark of "BBM" by using it as an initialism for Black Berry Messenger; BBM Canada used it as an initialism for its former name, the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement.
Many service providers allow sign-in to Black Berry Messenger using a dedicated Black Berry data plan.BBM (formerly Black Berry Messenger) is a data-based instant messaging network that is exclusive to Black Berry devices.Messages are sent over Black Berry’s private network, ensuring security and privacy.Exchanging messages is possible to a single person or via dedicated discussion or chat groups, which allow multiple Black Berry devices to communicate in a single session.In addition to offering text-based instant messages, Black Berry Messenger also allows users to send pictures, voicenotes (audio recordings), files (up to 16 MB), share real time location on a map, stickers and a wide selection of emoticons. There are more than 190 million BBM users worldwide as of 2015, With the release of Black Berry Messenger 5.0, Black Berry allows users to use a QR Code to add each other to their respective friends lists rather than using only numeric PIN identification or an email address associated with the user's Black Berry.End users have long enjoyed helpful features such as notifications which show if a message was successfully sent, if it was read, and if the other party is currently typing a response.