BlackBerry Messenger 6.2 Now Available in Beta Zone Featuring NFC “Tap to Auto-Add”


BBM is an incredibly powerful tool for BlackBerry users. It’s especially powerful when it’s combined with apps to help facilitate communication and sharing rich media. It’s even more powerful when combined with NFC to make all of this seamless and a simple matter of tapping two phones together. RIM is betting heavily on NFC and while we haven’t seen any real use cases for it yet on an NFC BlackBerry, BBM could be the first mass use-case. The latest version of BBM lets users set their BBM to auto-add any contact that is being shared by tapping. The NFC portion guarantees the person is a trusted connection and circumvents all the boring QR code scanning or sending someone your PIN.

Features in the latest version of BBM include:

Animated display pictures - More animated display pictures are now built into BBM. Change your picture to suit your mood.
Change your name or message inline - You can quickly change your name or status message without leaving your contact list by clicking the text at the top of the screen. To exit inline editing, just scroll down. You can still access your profile screen by clicking your display picture.
Streamlined voice notes - When your convenience key set to open BBM, if you highlight a contact in BBM and press the convenience key, you can start recording a voice note. Once you’re done, pressing the convenience key again will send the voice note. Group chats. You can return to the default color at any time.
BlackBerry Tag enhancements - Adding contacts has never been easier. If your BlackBerry smartphone supports NFC technology, you can turn on the Allow Automatic Invitations by Tapping option. Then, as long as you or someone else has BBM open, you can add each other as contacts by aligning the backs of your smartphones. This feature requires that you both have the latest version of BBM installed on smartphones that support NFC technology.
Resend a message - If a message didn’t send (for example, if your smartphone was outside of a wireless coverage area), you can highlight the message and select Resend from the menu.
Search - When typing the name of a contact or group, the search ignores special characters and emoticons to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.

Check out the latest version of BBM in the Beta Zone.