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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.

134 comments

sling

Thanks for the write up.

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HKINDO

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..

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benson0

This is awesome BlackBerry

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nevertoofar

Yes! Keep improving our user experience!

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bendiep1991

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

BerryRipe

Lmao

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

hhasan

Omg......too funny!!!

Posted using my amazing Z10...BB4All

LostOnThePianoRoll

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

bendiep1991

And you do this how? Video pleasee

bbfanboi

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 :)

Superfly_FR

BBM 3 ? or 10.3 ? ;)
Great overview, thanks James !

edit: Ok, was addressed in the title, my bad ! :D

James Richardson

We got a bit confused ourselves! 

zoe sun

way to go! BBM!

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Im Mo Green

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

spookyentertainment

I'm on att and I still don't have 10.2 I guess we will be last to get it if we get it at all

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dfield

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

travisredpath

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).

Prem WatsApp

Oh no, the fist was missing. That spells trouble.... LOL

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Dabida

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..

davinci4real

Yeah. Me too

From Zarafet my Z30.

nbaliga

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.

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BerryRipe

My thoughts exactly!

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

Observation Junkie

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.

amirnabilkamelsaad

I was just thinking, why would a BlackBerry blog write about the BlackBerry Messenger update for android, iOS and not BlackBerry itself...
Thanks.

Observation Junkie

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.

davinci4real

Me too

From Zarafet my Z30.

paulmike83

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

Team BlackBerry

Loc22

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

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urskruz

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

Wayneywayne

Is panoramic view such a big ask... great smileys tho

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MrJohnyBoy

The new emoticons don't work in the BlackBerry Hub!!!

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gfondeur

Wrong!
Check your phone, mine and wife are working perfectly on the hub,

BCLoco

Emoticons working fine in Hub here.

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Matt_Ellwood

They're not working in my hub either

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bigmac_4000

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?

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Rolofbr

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?

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Ryanleelejeune

What is the official version? I'm running 10.3.2.45, but on BBW online it's 10.3.3.68..

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eshadiq

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!

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mamat7055

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

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FeralCat1

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...

Patrick Pierobon

Glympse drains my battery like crazy on my iPhone!

Creaturefear

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

Tornado99

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

Flicked out via Zed10

tj_star

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.

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k_a_s_m_i_t_h

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

Everything else is good.

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stacym75

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.

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jojo beaconsfield

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.+++

Observation Junkie

I love sending funny voice notes

Catapulted from my Z10.

ZayDub

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.

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Prem WatsApp

Some folks just cashing in on the short term, long term trend is up,up,up...

(or so we hope)

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

amp323

Wish I could chose between Box and Dropbox for quick attachments...

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Christian Heinrich

You can by attaching file via file manager/box.

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Creaturefear

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

rlgwood

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

rlgwood

Hopefully I found the correct one. Downloading now.

Z10 10.2.1.1055

chef_DJ

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

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Dominick079

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

Prem WatsApp

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....

Dominick079

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

Pete The Penguin

I'm having a lot of issues; grey boxes, no chats in groups, slow syncing, not seeing channels.

Anyone else?

Frantony Seide

Love BlackBerry nice job !!

Posted via CB10

rustedteeth7860

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.

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Prem WatsApp

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

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

megajo123

Whoa Whoa whoa, so we got BBM 10.3 before os 10.3

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Greg Woitzik

I love being able to share my location. This is awesome!!!!

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Eqi Sz

way use telkomsel indonesia BBM video can't using

RobertoAndreas

This is awesome BlackBerry, after I got my z10 I will never change BB for nothing, can't wait for the z50 :D

Observation Junkie

I can't wait for any z50, 45 or whatever it's going to be called.

For me, it's a magical jump from OS 7

Catapulted from my Z10.

Prem WatsApp

Gimme the goodness, quad core and all. Make a slider, too, if you can.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Azensun

Great article, James! Thanks.

jic999

James Voice Notes is quick and efficient awesome awesome !!

imcurved

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 

lifeinbmajor

Too bad there isn't also a Box integration, but I guess DropBox is used more or got lucky

Posted via CB10

boldbalance

I hope BlackBerry will implement more cloud storage options for file sharing and not just DropBox in future updates.

gpktom

Did they try to make it as ugly and tacky as possible?
Wow.

Posted via CB10

christoph77

Great write-up! :)

C0038297E Quote of the Day (BBM Channel)

bb102013

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

Posted via CB10

PostMortem

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

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tli2000

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

SoroGustavo

Crush on Z10 with 10.2.1.176

Posted via CB10

Anthony_2u

I love it new emo they nice :)

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Sayumi Whisp

My friend have the new bbm upgrade with legacy os too

Wenn du mir sagst, was dort draußen richtig ist, werde ich nicht mehr versuchen dich zu küssen... (Sayumi Whisp) www.sayumi.de

alvima

thnks!

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gpktom

No location sharing within groups! Lame.

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maksi

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.

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Bamgbose Damilola

I've upgraded my bbm on z10 and after the update bbm isn't opening again... it's crap

Posted via CB10

mariosraptor

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

mohd37

Can't send broadcast more than 3 times!!

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Byronjx

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.

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Billowfarm

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

ptop49

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

Tigershark24

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

DementedDevil

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

Johan Surya

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

Posted via CB10

Virasic

Where's the support for Indian map for glmpse?

Posted via CB10

rallen562

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.

tracyleek

Loving the new emoticons!

Posted with my Q10 via CB10

varun wasan

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

trevorgauntlett

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

soccertoon1

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

Komet86

Anyone know if this will come to legacy devices soon?

Posted via CB10

Komet86

Awsome , it is there already. Just checked BBW on my wife's torch.

Posted via CB10

Hibbylinx81

U haven't mentioned the PTT voice note..i dnt think it functioned like that prior to the update!

Hibby_CB10

berrydisappointed

Its quite laggy and glitchy, not as smooth as the factory ver. They should polish this on the next update..

Posted via CB10

wilkto

And you still can't rename a group!

Posted via CB10

rngeek

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

khoanguyen2010

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?

nosaj2407

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

#truebeliever #bbforever

Posted via CB10

trevorgauntlett

Nice one :) When are we getting likes and emoticons in Crackberry?

Posted via CB10

yvpan1

BBM 3.0 for BB10? wait, shouldn't it be BBM 10.3?

Mario d

Can someone help me do this new bbm work on 10.2.1.537?

Posted via CB10

conzjuve

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

Posted via CB10

trevorgauntlett

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

QtHelex

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.

huckleberry_Jer

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

JussSimma

Still the same issue with bbm photos can zoom out to make stuff fit... grrr

Posted via CB10

JussSimma

*cant

Btw everything else is wicked... *two thumbs up*

Posted via CB10

bbfanboi

It should be a share symbol not a paperclip.

Mario d

Anyone try bbm 3.0 on 10.2.1.537? Did it work

Posted via CB10

PeterDR1

Damn back arrow is in the way when I type!!!!!

 We have apks cuz we need 'em not cuz we want 'em 

Mekanyx

Mario D, I own the the same OS but new econ work but not the GPS sharing position

Posted via CB10

BernardK

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

richie_redd

Thank you BlackBerry! Love it much!

Posted via CB10

tolutman

Is there any way we can see names of emoticons like we used to on previous BlackBerry os??

Posted via CB10

SexyStel

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

BernardK

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

BernardK

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