BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 has been available for OTA download over the weekend and you’ve probably seen people Tweeting about it. The good folks at Omie Tech have been creating mirrors and redirects for the downloads because they keep getting pulled and exceeding their bandwidth.
The latest build for BlackBerry Messenger has a ton of new features such as:
Personally, my favorite part about the new BlackBerry Messenger is the fact that it uses QR codes. I’ve been interested in this technology for a long time, and it’s going to make North American mobile culture much more interesting. The codes are used ubiquitously in Japan and Asia Pacific, for everything from using the subway, to social networks. They even have a clothing line that uses QR codes to help you socialize.
The avatar support is one of the first features you will get into and it’s a nice improvement. It seems RIM is taking social networking seriously, and you can see how all these initiatives will start converging in the coming years. I can see BlackBerry Messenger integrating with your contacts across all your networks, bringing them into one place and device.
Check out BBM for yourself!
UPDATE: Sorry, I obviously should have included the caveat that it could be bad for your device. Make sure you do all the necessary backups.