Using BBM 10.3 for BlackBerry 10

By James Richardson on 14 Feb 2014 12:00 pm EST
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It's time for a quick run through of what's new for us BlackBerry 10 users now that BBM version 10.3 is here. In terms of new features, the amount that we have is not huge, but what we have got are some quality improvements - in particular in the location sharing department. 

Having the option to share our location via Glympse is not new news for us, but the way it performs certainly is. Prior to BBM 10.3, if you shared your location with another BBM contact they would be prompted to accept and the web browser would open up showing a location. Not anymore. Now the map is fully integrated into BBM which not only makes for a more enjoyable experience all round, but it just feels smooth and seamless. 

Need a few tips on how to use Glympse for BBM? Hit up our 'How To' post. 

Dropbox integration is new for us too in BBM. Now when you want to share a file with another BBM contact you'll have Dropbox as an option. Just jump into your photos/files stored in the cloud and instantly send them to your buddies - a nice implementation to go along with sharing pictures, calendar, contacts, locations and documents - all easily accessible from the paperclip icon we are now used to seeing next to the text field box. 

Emoticons - Us BlackBerry users are rather partial to these. BBM 10.3 brings some additional ones to the table although for some reason there do seem to be a few missing currently when looking at the full list we published recently. I thought we were going to have a total of 200 to play with. If I can count properly I only make it 184, but that's still pretty awesome. 

So, as I mentioned previously, the enhancements we now have with BBM for BlackBerry 10 are not big in quantity, but there are certainly big in terms of quality. That'll do for now. And with the BBM 2.0 roll out for iOS and Android it's made for a rather good week. Nice work BlackBerry.

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Using BBM 10.3 for BlackBerry 10

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Bad news is BBM for legacy devices is getting worse and worse..
It is much slower with bbm8, now with the latest update for bb10 devices the legacy bbm don't recognize the new smileys.. many case where people can't receive pictures or change their dp..
If blackberry is trying to kill the legacy devices, they are doing a pretty solid job..

Posted via CB10

I tested it with my friend. Ran down the road and back and he said my arrow didn't move. Also sharing my location doesn't always send on my Q10

You need to have a GPS lock up first, just like when you're driving with map navigation .. you make sure you have a lock up before you start moving or the map doesn't see you moving because the estimation radius is too big

Posted via CB10 on my Z10STL100-10.2.1.1925

Just be patient till you see the location indicator show up next to your battery indicator - this means you have a gps lock, then have your friend go for a run :)

Help!! Do you need to be on 10.2 for this version of BBM to work properly. My q10 on ATT in the US is running a stock 10.1 version. We have not received 10.2 here yet on ATT. Thanks

I tested it out and it works great... sent my location of person that commute with so they new when I got close to pick them up.
Awesome1

The list of emoticons that you published recently was missing 4 emoticons (fist, fingers crossed, rainbow, and moon) and had the 10 unused emoticons on it (penguin, sheep, pig, umbrella, film, envelope, phone, pizza, money, and the spark).

hope this means more people will use BBM. :)

1 thing i'm not used to with this update is the way we scroll for more emoticons.. i keep swiping to the side for more before i realise/remember i have to scroll down.. but i'll get used to it soon..

Good to see the improvement and features, but the core problem here in the US is that no one is on BBM. Hopefully BBRY can start from the ground up again.

Posted via CB10

This is a good way to start pinging out to your buddies who have Android and Apple mobiles.

I intend to do this back in the office next week.
It's a great way to spread the BlackBerry love

Catapulted from my Z10.

Why not? It's a great way for those guys and gals who have pals on other mobiles to spread the BlackBerry Love, and at the same time help them out how to work it. It makes sense.

Thanks James

Catapulted from my Z10.

Moon and fingers crossed are still there. I updated mine and I still see them. As for the others, nope.

Team BlackBerry

I think that there are still some bugs on it hope they can resolve them as fast as possible.

Posted via CB10

I can see few of my friends got panic with new update consuming much space while typing. I would like to include an important point here

*open the settings and scroll down, you will see "Show Action Bar with Keyboard", turn it "Öff" to use bbm like before i.e same space. Thank you :)
Blackberry Rocks

When reading the update log on BlackBerry app world, i noticed it saying "this application contains items for sale" does this mean blackberry is finally going to be making money off BBM Or near future?

Posted via CB10

With integration map in BBM is a problem to me, because dont exist map Of Panamá so it is no possible any location...how can i resolve this?

Posted via CB10

In group chats (not BBM group), we can now send voice notes & pictures (only via Dropbox, for now I hope). Don't remember we could do that in the previous version.

All in all, am happy with the new update. And OS10 is getting better every day.

#keepmoving BlackBerry!

Posted via CB10

BBM channel still not update post properly. Not notify me when new posts from all channels. Hope BlackBerry will do something.

Posted via CB10

Hi, can any of you tech folks clear a question up? Wondering when using BBM Voice over the carriers systems, Can someone listen to voice as a scanner like when use of phone frequencies? Or does use of BBM Voice encrypt conversation so nobody able to listen to speech? Is the BBM voice able to encrypt in like when use over Wifi? Just wondering if there is a difference in the SECURITY feature of use of BBM Voice, Thanks in advance...

I agree! I was fooling around and I sent my dad a 4hr Glympse. I was using the phone here and there but I definitely saw an increase in battery usage, maybe even a bit of heat.

Proud posted with a Z30 via CB10

Well, you're turning the gps on for that length of time, so yes, expect higher battery drain.

Flicked out via Zed10

Downloaded it yesterday-- been unable to open up bbm. Factory reset the phone as well as regular reset and hard reset. Still doesn't open. I'm on a z10.

Posted via CB10

They took away the option to review a voice note before sending..... I don't like that.

Everything else is good.

Posted via CB10

I really dislike the new 'voice note' option. I don't like that you need to hold the mic button, and I really dislike that you can't preview. Bad move. This opens up the door for unwanted voice notes being sent out. Anyway, hopefully this gets fixed.

Posted via CB10

Glympse,is gonna be a favorite for all those parents who want to keep track of their children,teenagers,when they are asked to call in from time to time.+++

It still baffles me how the stock price has plunged ~8% this week....when we're getting good news and enhancements to BBM. I know the previous VP in charge of BBM left on Tuesday, but since then, and even after this seemingly great news, the stock has taken a nosedive.

Posted via CB10

I agree, I have the free 50GB on box from signing up with my playbook. I just signed up on Dropbox yesterday and they only give you 2GB...

Proud posted with a Z30 via CB10

I have a Z10 STL-100-1 running 10.2.1.176. The new BBM will not run on this build. Tried the auto loader for 10.2.1.1925 but I get an error message saying not enough memory and it won't unzip the file. Download Schesi-1.1 but have no clue what version will work with this model on AT&T. Can anyone point me in the right direction.

Z10 10.2.1.1055

Will I should be able to download bbm 10.3 on OS 10.1....im on T-Mobile and haven't gotten the 10.2.1 yet

Posted via CB10

James, I wanted to know how does BBM gets my birthday? Because it seems to be a day off. Just wanted to know if this could be fixed?

Posted Via AT&T BlackBerry Z10

Are there any time zone settings that might need to be adjusted?

I am in Australia, and often a day ahead of anything that happens on CB.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

No my time zone settings are correct seems like a lot of people are having the same issue. I would just like to know where it gets my birthday from because I never asked me for my birthday information when I signed up for a BlackBerry ID.

Posted Via AT&T BlackBerry Z10

Keeps crashing...crashing and crashing....haven't got the chance to see anything other than a white screen, before BBM eventually crashes!!!

Running the leaked 10.2.1.1055 on AT&T.

Posted via CB10

Leak causes trouble. See four articles above. A new "leak" / official has just dropped on Vodafone.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Last night I BBM my friends about the new BBM. They were hesitant to upgrade until I mentioned the new emoticons. They went nuts. Ten minutes later, three of us were all at version 10.3 and that was when our chat party became super fun. We were typing away 'throwing' emoticons at one another left and right. Before I knew, we spent about an hour BBM one another. We were recording silly voice notes. The new GUI makes it a lot easier to attach things. What a night!

 CB10 

Why did they take away the preview of the message while your typing a new one?
That was a great feature.

Posted via CB10

Loving it... and more so that it launched across all the supported platforms at once, well done BlackBerry.

Posted via CB10

Is anyone else having problems with the voice notes not working right? Used my Z30 to send one to my wife's iPhone, the file was sent but she couldn't open it up to play. Some thing happened when she sent one to me, I got the file but it wouldn't play.

Posted via CB10

Thanks for the post. I love BBM and want my friends to use it too.. however, there's one SERIOUS CONCERN I have when trying to send a picture or voice note with a contact who is offline as it does not go through, while a simple text does. This has occurred in current as well as previous versions on my z30 as well as z10. It comes with 'Picture encountered a transfer error' - BBM Support team were not helpful. I am truly hoping someone would answer this otherwise BBM Will be of no use to me.

Posted via CB10

It's great, but I think it is laggy. It sometimes takes a while to load the keyboard or not at all till I have to touch at the writing space.

Posted via CB10

If BlackBerry wants to get more folks in the U.S. to use BBM they need a spectacular feature that no other messaging service has. The ability to send gigantic files over Wi-fi would be great. The low resolution picture sending need to be optional too. No one in the U.S. cares how much data is used to send a pic... the update is ok, but really nothing special at all. The only plus is the larger group ability, but no one else has BBM. I don't know anyone with more than 20 in a group.

Posted via CB10

Great work, even friends on I phones have better content. I love it, keep up can't wait for video cross platform,

Posted via CB10

Wasn't the ability to add an attachment without having to hide the keyboard new in this version for bbm? I know in the OS upgrade this feature was added for SMS.

Posted via CB10

Got BB10.3 and the new update of OS 10.2.1.2041.

For some reason I can't voice call my sister or nephew. Both upgraded the IoS app and have 2.0 BBM.

Is there a problem for others too and does the Vodafone OS update have something to do with it?

Posted via CB10

I'm just happy that we managed to get all platforms released together for once. Can't have been easy.

Z10 STL100-2 10.2.1.1925 DTAC 3G

Tried connecting android's bbm and Q10's bbm. Always fail -_- already delete contact and re-add, not fix too...

Posted via CB10

BBM 10.3 is one of the best upgrades so far. At least till AT&T releases BBOS 10.2.1. Keep up the GREAT work BB.

When I send a Glympse message to any bbm contact they get a link to glympse.com, it's annoying. Why is it that? Can anybody help?

Posted via CB10

On my Z10 in the UK the link showed for 1 or 2 seconds and then the Glympse map began to load (white screen for about 30 seconds). This was (presumably) over the house wifi, not the mobile network. My guess is that it will be very slow on the mobile network, if the speed I saw was over wifi. Hopefully these are startup issues for the initial map loading and/or the first update will address the speed.

Posted via CB10

The Glympse map shows up in Arabic on my phone as I am based in Dubai. I know that Arabic is the national language here however 80% of the population here are non - Arabic speakers. There should be a way to change the language option.

Posted via CB10

I tested it between my Z30 my wife's iPhone and big improvement. Sending photos is quick. Glimpse works great and choosing photos accesses iPhone photo library. Selecting Dropbox prompts accesses it or prompts to download and sends you to Appstore so you can download Dropbox. Sending voice notes seems straightforward. One negative is if the iPhone is on lock screen and a BBM voice chat rings you get a notification but once you unlock you have to open BBM app in order to see the call screen.

Posted via CB10

The most basic thing (Voice Call) doesn't even work properly IMO.
My Z10 running 10.2.1 with latest BBM and my gf's iphone 4S running latest iOS and BBM 2.0 don't work properly for BBM Voice Call. The iphone can make BBM Voice call to my Z10 without any problem (wifi or mobile network).
But my Z10 can't make BBM voice call to the iphone properly (most of the times it would say "this person you called is not currently available"). I tested it both on Wifi and 3G network.
Anyone having the same problem?

Finally something my ifriends have nothing negative to complain about!!! Not a single peep!!! Way to go BlackBerry.

#truebeliever #bbforever

Posted via CB10

How do I turn off notification sound when someone comments on a post Ive posted on BBM channels.

Posted via CB10

My wife and I love the new/returned emoticons on our Z10 STL-100s. Glymse took about 30 seconds on both devices to load the UK map. We decided we can cope with the 20 metre or so inaccuracy in the position of our house, which seems to be systematic with respect to most GPS devices.
Still haven't played with OS 10.2.1, so lots to familiarise myself with.
Nice one BlackBerry

Posted via CB10

Has anyone a idea when we will finally get a update which fixes the backup and restore issues BBM has regarding the chat history?

At least a export function to a XML File would do it for now. But as it currently is it is blocking everything.

Liking the update, keep your foot on the gas blackberry.
Please add:
1) more emotions
2) video calling
3) remove limits on file size, picture size sending ( dont like drop box, extra steps)
4) option to increase emotion display sizes. ( selecting them is fine but when they display in the text they are way too small)
5) timers/restriction settings on send a pic like snap chat. Call it (pop-a-pic)
6) eh go canada go

Awesome update! But!!! I can't no longer use bbm voice over the network... I am in Indonesia.. using Telkomsel as my service provider

Posted via CB10

Pls ow do I delete my bbm or uninstall? I want to re-install cos my bbm voice is nt wrking on my BlackBerry z10

Posted via CB10

Same here... but if you're over at the states and using AT&T... from what I've heard is that, they've blocked the service...

Posted via CB10

Ummm.. i love all the new features and all.. but it seems that bbm voice is killed for us here in indonesia... horrible! terrible!!

Posted via CB10