BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 exciting new feature – Built in QR Code reader
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The leaked BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 has loads of upgrades and the entire UI has been updated to provide the optimum user experience in mobile device with added features and functionality.
Below is the summary of features found in Leaked BlackBerry Messenger 5.0
- PIN barcode scanning – rather than find your PIN and reading or sending it, you can scan a barcode to get the PIN. Option to share/ save barcode image
- Backup/Restore Messenger contacts to microSD card or device memory
- Avatar support — set your own avatar using the camera or saved photo on your device. You can sync them to your address book too
- Better “send file” options and set conversation subjects
- GPS location integration — you can now set permissions so friends can see your location
- Home screen support — you can pin/sticky the actual Messenger contacts directly to the homescreen for easy access
- Location and time zone options, different chat styles
- Save message history on your media card or device (none, 25, 50 or 100 updates)
Exciting Built in QR Code reader
I am sure you will be amazed to see how easy, convenient and exciting it is to add add other PIN to your BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 via scanning barcode (QR Code), If you haven’t tried it or do not have BBM 5.0, check out this video.
You can use the same QR Code reader to not only scan other BBM PINs but you can use it to do multiple things.
For. e.g. dialing phone numbers, entering website urls, downloading wallpapers, downloading OTA apps/ themes, sending predefined emails/ SMS.
Dialing phone numbers with QR Code
How about calling T-Mobile tech support number by scanning QR Code?
T-Mobile Tech Support # 1-877-453-1304
Let’s try calling Rogers BlackBerry Tech-support Number.
Rogers Tech Support # 1-866-931-DATA
Browsing – typing Website URL
Let’s try BlackBerry Tune – RSS Feed
This free wallpaper is optimized for BlackBerry Bold. You may use it for other models. Check out more free BlackBerry Wallpapers.
Wallpaper optimized for BlackBerry Tour and Curve – 8900
Downloading OTA Apps
Visit BBFileScout Home Page for more info about this free BlackBerry app
Download OTA Themes
|Precision Zen 16 Icons BlackBerry Storm theme
Sending Text Messages
|1-555-123-6789 # God bless America
BBM does recognize this image as QR Code but not able to associate it as a SMS Text – Phone Number and associated application while I was testing it.
Other alternatives to BBM 5.0 as QR Code reader
Well, actually BlackBerry Messenger is IM client not QR Code reader as such and to use it as QR Code reader, you have to go to BBM, press Menu, select add contact and select scan invitation bar code # 4 clicks to get there, which is not convenient. Let’s hope in released version of BBM, there is a way to get shortcut icon on home screen for that.
NeoReader is a mobile application that turns a camera mobile phone into a code scanner and provides one-click access to mobile content on the go, anytime and anywhere. Neo Reader does recognize all QR codes and associated mobile apps because it is Code Reader. The last SMS QR code was recognized correctly by NeoReader. NeoReader can read lot many other codes like to purchase product, map location, ad promotion, product information etc etc.. the way QR code technology is designed and works.
Load this link into your BlackBerry browser to download – http://get.neoreader.com/
The above post summarize how the integrated excellent QR code reader in leaked BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 can do to make lot many things convenient and easy. The best part in BBM is the way camera auto focuses the QR code, detects it and if the code is not proper displays the error message. You do not have to click the QR code and wait for it to detect. The other features are actually the QR code technology itself which is very promising and will revolutionize many many things in days to come.
QR Code News – Blog with more resources on QR code news, photos and happenings. If you want the latest scoop on this technology, read this blog. Check it out!
QR code photos – Check out the pics tagged with QR Code on Flickr to see these babies in action
YouTube Video: Me On BBC Click QR Code (2 years old video but interesting # Embedding is disabled by YouTube and it will open in new window)
So what do you think – Do you see QR codes cluttering everywhere on BlackBerry content delivery websites sooner or later?