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Apr 10, 2014 Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg chats with fans over BBM Channels
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Ahead of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, Team Mercedes Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with some fans over BBM Channels — through a live chat on the Mercedes AMG Petronas official channel — and answered some burning questions.

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Apr 04, 2014 Mercedes AMG Petronas says 'thank you' to 100,000 BBM channel subscribers
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If you hadn't noticed, we're fans of the BlackBerry sponsored Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team in these parts. Looks like we're not the only ones, too, as the team has delivered a special 'thank you' message to 100,000 subscribers to its BBM Channel.

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Mar 31, 2014 Create a Channel PIN Badge for your website or blog using BBM Channels Manager
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If you run a blog or website and also have a BBM Channel, there's now a new way you can promote your channel on your site. Recently added to the BBM Channels Manager page is the option to create an HTML Widget with your QR Code and Channel PIN on it. 

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Mar 27, 2014 Coming soon for cricket fans - CricHQ to launch their BBM Channel
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I'll be honest and say that not being a cricket fan I've never heard of CricHQ.com, but it must be a pretty big deal as BlackBerry have today sent our the following press release. 

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Mar 18, 2014 5 BBM Channels Tips & Tricks
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Mar 10, 2014 CrackBerry Asks: Do you think we'll see a rise in big brands using BBM Channels now it's cross platform?
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For us folk on team BlackBerry having BBM Channels isn't a new concept, but for our friends on iOS and Android it's still pretty fresh for them. We posted recently that the likes of Coke and the Olympic channels had seen a big increase in subscribers since Channels was introduced to iOS and Android in BBM 2.0 and that's great news. When BBM rolls out to Windows Phone and the forthcoming Nokia X range of phones it's only going to become more mainstream - I hope. 

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Mar 05, 2014 Coke and Olympics BBM Channels doubled subscribers after cross-platform release
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CrackBerry caught up with BBM’s senior director of business development, David Proulx, at Mobile World Congress to talk about the week’s announcement surrounding BlackBerry. In addition to touching on the Nokia preload announcement made at MWC, Proulx mentioned that the growth in Channels usership following the Android and iOS release was impressive — 100% in the case of the official Olympics and Coke channels. Continue Reading →
Mar 03, 2014 Chat with Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One driver Nico Rosberg on BBM Channels
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If you're a fan of Formula One racing then perhaps you'd like to join this exclusive BBM Q&A with Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Nico Rosberg, in time for the 2014 Formula One season to kick off. We've already seen one celebrity take to BBM Channels for an exclusive chat before and now BlackBerry themselves will be holding a BBM Channels chat.

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Feb 19, 2014 Help CrackBerry hit 100k channel subscribers and win fantastic prizes!
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Enter on the CrackBerry BBM channel for a shot at winning prizes!

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Feb 18, 2014 Big brands are already embracing BBM Channels
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BBM Channels has just recently gone cross-platform and is now available for BlackBerry, Android and iOS devices. BlackBerry users have enjoyed BBM Channels for quite some time now, but users on Android and iPhone are just getting their first taste of the awesome social platform. While many users have created some great channels of their own for everything from jokes to cars to movies — there are some big brands that are also getting into the BBM Channels action as well.

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Feb 13, 2014 BBM 2.0 for BlackBerry, Android and iOS now available - Brings channels, voice, location sharing and more
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Android and iOS users finally get the goods as BBM 2.0 has arrived. Starting later today, BlackBerry, iPhone and Android users will be able to download an updated BBM that includes BBM Channels, BBM Voice, local sharing with Glympse, Dropbox integration and much more. The update will bring things up to speed with the native BBM app on BlackBerry and make for some happy cross-platform users.

We'll have plenty more on this one soon so stay tuned — in the meantime, check out the full press release below.

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Feb 04, 2014 How do you describe BBM Channels to others?
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And can you explain it to them in 45 seconds or less?!

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Jan 09, 2014 BlackBerry joins us for #CESlive to discuss BBM 2.0 and more!
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If you didn't catch the #CESlive show with our special guest Alex Kinsella from BlackBerry earlier, now is a good a time as any. Alex stopped by to give us all a first hand look at BBM 2.0 for Android and iOS and walk us through some of the great features that are coming with it.

One of the most notable new features of BlackBerry Messenger 2.0 is Quickshare which lets you share pretty much any kind of file you'd want to a BBM contact including Dropbox files, contact cards, location information through Glymspe integration, and more

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Dec 24, 2013 CrackBerry Asks: Are you using BBM Channels?
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Just a few weeks ago, BBM Channels left beta and was made available to the masses. It adds to the already great features of BBM by giving it a whole new social aspect and allowing for anyone to create their own specialty channel. With BBM Channels, users can create a channel for everything from brands to hobbies to personal stories. BBM Channels also lets you open up BBM chat with people who aren't contacts, letting you discover new friends or just chat with fans of your channel.

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Dec 16, 2013 BBM Channels has legs (and sexy girls in yoga pants, too!)
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This is the post where for the first time I publicly state that I'm GENUINELY EXCITED about BBM Channels. When first unveiled at BlackBerry Live, I admit I wasn't actually all that optimistic or enthusiastic about the new BBM feature. With other social platforms like twitter, instagram, facebook, tumblr, etc. so well established, could BBM Channels really differentiate itself in features? And even if they did build out a feature set that seemed worthwhile to Channel owners, would non-BBM Channel owners (just regular BBM users) take to following channels and participating with them?

After yet again spending some quality time in BBM Channels this weekend, the evidence is beginning to appear that Channels may just have more legs that I initially thought. A lot more. When it comes to the performance metrics of CrackBerry and all our Mobile Nations sites, I'm always clued in on a daily basis to where things are at. Somehow though, I managed to neglect to pay attention to our CrackBerry BBM Channel stats the past few weeks. With BBM Channels now out of beta, we shot up in subscribers from around 11,000 to over 60,000. Amazing! Of course, CrackBerry has an established audience and brand and is tied to BlackBerry, but it was still great to see this growth in such a short time. And the views, comments, and likes on a post by post basis are really quite impressive (see image above). 

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Dec 13, 2013 *Updated* Nico Rosberg to chat to fans via BBM Channels
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Attention Formula 1 fans. On Monday 16th of December, Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Nico Rosberg will be taking control of the teams BBM Channel to interact and answer questions from the public to celebrate the end of the 2013 season. 

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Nov 29, 2013 BBM Channels: Quick tips for the power user
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So, BBM Channels has now hit the masses, which I'm very excited about. We've gone through BBM Channel basics on how to search, subscribe to and create a channel and also gone through showing you the BBM CMC (Channel Management Console).

Let's now dig deeper. There are lots of very interesting channels to discover (you can see Team CrackBerry's recommendations here). You'll find soon enough that you've subscribed to dozens of channels and it may get a bit too much to cope with. Fear not, there are a few things you can I to make things flow a little smoother.

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Nov 27, 2013 Thoughts following a hangout with the BBM team
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Earlier this week I had the pleasure of hanging out with a bunch of the BlackBerry folks on the BBM team. I had a chance to express my (pretty strong) opinions, make suggestions and pick their collective brains on BBM topics of all kinds.

Just to make this clear, they didn’t reveal any big secrets, but I think I now have a good idea of what seems to be a priority to the team. Without being too specific, I’m pleased with the plans they seem to have in place for the next few months. I’m convinced they are not standing still, and we should see more upgrades before the end of the year.

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Nov 26, 2013 How to access BBM Channels on the web using BBM Channels Manager
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While most folks who load up BBM Channels on their BlackBerry smartphone will do so directly through their device, BlackBerry has also made it easy to create and manage BBM Channels directly through your desktop internet browser through something called BBM Channels Manager. Whether you're looking to administer an already existing channel or set up an entirely new one, it's drop dead easy to do so. You can jump below to see how to get started on using BBM Channels Manager.

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Oct 30, 2013 BBM Channels gets an update in BlackBerry Beta Zone today
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Those of you in the BBM Channels beta program will be happy to see that there is a new release available for both BlackBerry 10 and BBOS devices in Beta Zone. This update includes the option to have a dark theme (OS 10.2 only), the ability to block subscribes, and more! Make sure you log in to the beta zone and get your update!

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Oct 05, 2013 Have a chat with Reggae artist Gyptian on BBM Channels
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As you know, BBM Channels is still in beta but there are already plenty of users. There are lots of communities, brands and businesses making use of it and it really does have huge potential. I am a massive user of BBM Channels are as more and more interesting channels pop up, my subscribed channel numbers is slowly racking up.

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Sep 21, 2013 PSA: You may have trouble messaging friends on Android and iOS if you have BBM Channels beta installed
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*UPDATE* - This issue appears to be resolved for most folks now.

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Sep 16, 2013 BBM Channels gets another update to v10.2.20.37 in BlackBerry Beta Zone
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BBM Channels only recently got an update at the beginning of September but it's getting another update. It's a small jump to v10.2.20.37 and here isn't a lot of changes this time around, just a couple of new things added for both BlackBerry 10 devices and BlackBerry OS too. Nice to see more and more features being added and at a regular interval too. I can't wait for it to hit the masses. I have been enjoying BBM Channels since it first launched in beta back in May 2013.

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Sep 06, 2013 BBM Channels updated to v10.2.20.32 in the BlackBerry Beta Zone
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It has only been a short while since the last BBM Channels update but a new release is now rolling out through the BlackBerry Beta Zone and through the BlackBerry Beta Zone app. This release sees BBM Channels jump up to v10.2.20.32 and it brings along with it a hefty change log, although some of the stuff changed will only be available on BlackBerry 10 devices. Here's a quick list of the changes.

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