After a very brief stint at number one in Apple's App Store, Blackberry's much-vaunted BBM messaging service — previously hailed as the saviour of the entire company — is now languishing in 462nd place on the App Store. But never fear! Because Blackberry is going to turn its fortunes around, by Snapchat-ifying its messaging service.
In the new beta version of BBM, Blackberry has announced 'ultra-private' features, ensuring "what you share is yours to control – even once it's left your phone". Unless, of course, your friends have heard of screenshots, in which case you're screwed.
The new features come in the form of a Snapchat-style timer, that can set your messages to expire after a certain number of seconds, and the ability to retract messages. Although the timer function certainly isn't anything new — even Apple has had time to put that feature into iMessages — the ability to retract messages could turn out to be handy. Have you ever sent something that you didn't mean to, only to wish you could claw it back?