BBM Channels heads out of beta for BlackBerry 10 and BBOS devices today

By Adam Zeis on 26 Nov 2013 08:29 am EST
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BlackBerry has announced today that BBM Channels is heading out of beta today and going mainstream.

BBM Channels has had a very successful run in the BlackBerry Beta Zone and users have been extremely happy with the service thus far. Things have come a long way since the initial beta release and BBM Channels has really taken off within the BBM community. Until today, only those that were invited to the beta could take part of BBM Channels on both BlackBerry 10 and BBOS. Now, anyone can get in on the action as BBM Channels will be rolling out to the masses later today around 3pm ET.

This also brings BBM Channels one step closer to Android and iPhone devices as well, though we haven't heard just when it be available for those devices. BlackBerry may look to BBM Channels to help monetize BBM as it continues to grow on BlackBerry, iOS and Android. 

If you need some channels to get you going, you can check out this post for some good ones :) 

 

 

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BBM Channels heads out of beta for BlackBerry 10 and BBOS devices today

177 Comments

I've been waiting for this..
Can't wait to make sure all my BBM friends upgrade their BBM.

Posted via Awesome Aristo on CB10

Very Interesting indeed! I have been waiting for this!

Want to follow canadian Real Estate news? Follow my channel CITIFIED Real Estate C00123403

Can I update it without removing the beta version...or should I remove the beta version to update...is the beta doesn't effect on the update

Posted via CB10

woop woop! finally!

btw: literature and music channel CalimeroRead-> C00195315

;)

#BeThereWhenItStarted

Posted via CB10

Same. Channels has always been pretty quick and smooth on my z10. Aside from the occasional image loading problem earlier on in beta, this thing is good to go!

Posted via CB10

I experience a little lag when not using wifi, when on wifi works great.

Posted via CB10 using my new Zed30 check out my channel @ C00121C1B

I really hope there is a update as it would not let me unsub channels and there was a 5 second delay on entering a channel. If they added some more features from the beta zone survey that would be a bonus. So how is this going to work is it just going to be a BBM update later on today?

Pro -
It has some pretty neat channels that cover most genres. (there's something for everyone)

Con -
For me, I would like to see better social media integration.
The second issue that I can't wait to see is more people on board.

From my Vader Zed

I have tested it for I guess three months now!? And honestly I was not really excited.

I even think there is a lot of trashy channels and spamming all over the comments everywhere, since everyone just promotes his channel.

I would wish for more quality in the future an spam control, so that there is space for interesting discussions in the comments.

Right now I am really disappointed!
Hope it will become better and I will come back.

Posted via CB10

It could use a better system for promoting quality (or popular) channels, and demoting channels that aren't updated or of low quality. Also, the option to get notifications in the HUB for new channel posts (versus just inside the BBM app) would be needed. Should also be able to select which subscribed channels generate HUB notifications.

Will this change the layout of BBM? (start chat button on top right of main window)
Can we keep the dark theme for our Q10s?

Oh that's why I'm losing hundreds of subscribes.. although people are saying again and again that they love my Channel

Posted via CB10

Also curious whether I need to uninstall the beta prior to downloading the official?

Posted via CB10

In my BBM w/Channels beta pictures cannot be viewed landscape... I hope this official release fixes that for me.

Great news. Great job BlackBerry. I love BBM Channels. Could be a gamechanger

Posted via CB10

Great News. But why have we Betatester not heard about it? Is there a Link to the official Announcement? Thanks! :)

This is very good news. I want to see Channels get headless and have hub notifications though. Small tweaks on the UI. Maybe CB will make a list of good channels just like we used to have theme posts?

Been part of beta since day one. Not happy with the app UI design nor the amount of data it uses up extremely quickly. It's not a well designed app and I don't think it will get any long term traction. It's not anywhere near the extremely high bar that should be set for the Crown jewels.

Posted via CB10

You will need to jump through some hoops to get BlackBerry Channels. Here's how I got BBM to update.

1. Visit BBM in BlackBerry World via desktop Web browser.

2. Click download

3. Enter your BlackBerry ID

4. Wait about a minute for BlackBerry World to start downloading BBM.

5. You should now have Channels!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted from my BlackBerry Z10

Thank you for this post. My Z10 displayed a statement that said BBM was not available for my device - even though a version was already installed. No option to update or install BBM. Used your method, which did allow the update to proceed. Now I have channels, but BBW still says BBM is not available for my device.

Posted via CB10

Adam, tell me something? Why do you write 9pm EST? And not all he world times? It would be nice and sweet for our international users to see what time it has to be released in there part of the world.

Like me im from Netherlands, what time does it be released here?

Hope some readers/members can put this info in there comments?

Adam wrote 3pm ET (EST technically), and Google is your friend, it's very easy to convert time between zones if you Google!

3pm EST is:

8pm GMT - for me
9pm CET - for you

Posted via CB10

THANK YOU JohnnyUK, that is nice information i was also looking on Google but only thing i found was some1 that want to see a live broadcast of Nasa 1pm EST. I Like Your Post (Y)

I believe it's Canadian Eastern Time, and if I count well it should be 9PM in France, not sure for Netherlands (due to summer time offset)

You can also use the clock on your phone. It has a World Clock. Just configure an eastern standard time city. (of course in assuming your running BB10)

Posted via CB10

With BBM and now BBM Channels being released to multi platforms, I'm very excited to see what BlackBerry will look like a year from now.

Cheers. :)

It's not being release cross platform yet. Only out of beta to BlackBerry devices. Cross platform will be down the road...coming soon lol

...we are all connected...

Cool. I still have a 9930 in the hands of the wife. Might help her to use it more often.

Posted via CB10

It is kind of cool...and I hope it catches on. I've been using it since the first beta and it's come quite a ways. Hope they implement even more features in future.

...we are all connected...

Sorry for that post but

I've been on BBM Channels since the beginning so I'm a veteran with and all I can say it's very addictive and the potential is out of this world all it needs is the ability to make and post your own videos and make gifs other than that it's the #shiznick

Posted via CB10 with my Z10

Agreed. I had it on my 9930 and now on the Q10. It's s better time waster than most games on Mobile for me. I'll check FaceBook and then BBM Channels more times than not.

Posted Via CB10 using the power of "Q"

Yay !!!
Sounds like Coca and UPS have already a paying service, let's give them MASSIVE shoutout !
(of course, if you're interested in sparkling drink and package delivery : Subscribe to their Channels !)

I've been harping them since the beginning of the BETA to bring a GIF creator. They've added it to the channel manager on the website version, but I have a feeling it may come in this final release along with a few other goodies. My friend who works on the BBM Channels team says there's one surprise feature he really likes, but he couldn't tell me what it is. fingers crossed.

-Developer of PinGuin: http://www.bit.ly/166KdTC

I hope this will generate more interest in North America. Don't get me wrong, I am amazed at how many channels are available in the Beta zone but by going mainstream, it should get more people to get BBM. My initial invites to non-BB friends was well received but a lot of people got away from BBM or deleted it as they found that nobody else was downloading it. This must be the case for a lot of people as BBM downloads have dropped dramatically on iOS and Android app stores. With artists and companies promoting their BBM channels on mainstream ads (usually tagged on the the bottom of the ad with FB, Twitter, etc.), the interest in BBM Channels and by default BBM texting should increase. I read my channels every day, even several times a day and I can't wait to see what else will be coming soon. Hope we have a way of categorizing or grouping as I already follow about 30 and I'm sure it will grow!

Any facts to support it "This must be the case for a lot of people as BBM downloads have dropped dramatically on iOS and Android app stores"? or just your personal perception? The rate of increase can not be same as when it started, its pretty obvious but its growing gradually with many stats like average usage now showing BBM only behind Kik and Whatsapp.

The only real issue I have is that sometimes the comment and like numbers take forever to populate or not at all. A post will show as not having any likes or comments, but once one taps on Friday post, it shows all the comments and likes.

Posted via CB10

Will it vibrating when someone ping me on this latest version?

Like what bbm version on 10.2.1.1055 did.

Posted via CB10

Looking forward to this getting on Android and iOS as well. I can see that being the next trend - people instagraming their BBM channel, tweeting it, "Facebooking" it, etc. I wonder what changes they will make to monetize it. There's definitely room to.

Posted via CB10

Wait what about non BlackBerry users....my friends love the channels but they will not have them till when?

Posted via CB10

BBM should really be advertising this. People love to publish diaries, recipes, and stuff like that. And with it being cross platform, I can see news outlets and companies using it. I've always thought that Channels had the potential to be a great source for mobile microblogging.

Hurrah! Make channels on Android and iOS the next priority. They should do incremental updates to cross platform BBM to keep it 'fresh' for our iPhone and Android cousins! :)

Posted via CB10

Excellent. I access the channels multiple times per day. You guys will enjoy what makes BBM even better!

Sent from the future on my Z10.

Man BlackBerry is not playing the interim veo had them moving. I've seen great improvements already.

Posted via CB10

This is great news. Having new subscribers is always going to help!
I don't know if other channel owners have noticed a drop in readers over the past month. Its like people have stopped looking at channels. I still have the same amount of subscribers but each post is read by only half of them. Now it may be due to my content, so it could be me to blame, but you never know.
Channel UK mobile DJ's C000D1043

It could be because a lot of people are using the 10.2.1 leak. I haven't installed the beta version of BBM since I loaded the leak. Figured I'd just wait for the official release.

Posted via CB10

BBM Channels is great!
Here are a few of my favourite Channels right now:
Canada Deals - C00037362 (Shopping deals)
My story. My survival. - C001239DA (Zombie survival story)
BlackBerry Beta Zone - C0001F235 (Self explanatory)
eNucleus - C001221FA (Prepper community)

There's so many channels for so many tastes. My personal channel is @ORIGINQuest - C0001FA2B

Just wish the release version didn't remove the option vibrate on ping

Posted via CB10

Great news as BlackBerry needs to start making money from BBM and Channels seems to be core to their monatization strategy.

They also need to start executing quickly and closing the gap between launch on BlackBerry and launch on iOS and Android. Soon iOS and Android will be the majority of the BBM user base and they will not wake kindly to always being left behind when they have hundreds of alternatives to choose from.

Plus, Chen needs to get BlackBerry in a state of rapid execution on everything. No more always late, always delay, always wait for BlackBerry to come through. That cycle of broken promises and delays more then any other factor including the iPhone launch is what caused consumers to turn away from BlackBerry. People loved BlackBerry, but they lost faith in the company after the 400th or so broken promise.

Chen is fighting, and not waiving the white flag,BB is fighting and all those employees behind the scenes seem to be very productive ,lately.That's change ,good on them.

If it's integrated with BBM does everyone now automatically get a Channel? Or, is it that you have to specifically say you want a channel within the app? I have never used it before so I don't know how it works.

Is there a maximum number of channels per device? Are the channels connected to our personal PINs?

Just started using BBM channels a few weeks ago and I already love it. Such a great idea and app plus it comes from the BlackBerry that I adore. Well done BlackBerry.

Posted Via Q10 Super Phone

We are too excited. Visit ChannelX C000D3759 to find many nice and interesting channels.

ChannelX C000D3759 We feature top channels

I don't know how to install the release version from the Beta version that I have installed. I can't delete the app (there's no trash can that pops up when I press and hold the icon), and when I go into BB World, it tells me that BBM is not available for my device - even though I clearly have it. So I can't upgrade and I can't delete. Hmmmm...

Market bbm channels. If your not a hard core like us then you wouldn't know about it

Sent via Zed10

BlackBerry does not appear to be rolling out the Channels update automatically. Here's how to force the BBM to update.

1. Visit BBM in BlackBerry World via desktop Web browser.

2. Click download

3. Enter your BlackBerry ID

4. Wait about a minute for BlackBerry World to start downloading BBM.

5. You should now have Channels!

Hope this helped you!

Posted from my BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry does not appear to be rolling out the Channels update automatically. Here's how to force the BBM to update.

1. Visit BBM in BlackBerry World via desktop Web browser.

2. Click download

3. Enter your BlackBerry ID

4. Wait about a minute for BlackBerry World to start downloading BBM.

5. You should now have Channels!

Hope this helped you!

Posted from my BlackBerry Z10

Can't wait to get it. Is there a crackberry how to video on this? Does this mean i can soon delete my twitter account??

BlackBerry does not appear to be rolling out the Channels update automatically. I clicked on " Check for new updates " many times and no BBM update appeared. Here's how I finally managed to get the BBM update.

1. Visit BBM in BlackBerry World via desktop Web browser.

2. Click download

3. Enter your BlackBerry ID

4. Wait about a minute for BlackBerry World to start downloading BBM.

5. You should now have Channels!

Hope this helped you!

Posted from my BlackBerry Z10

Hope the released version has improvements. Use 9810 ver 7.1.0.746 on Telus and voice has never worked and some channels do not indicate being updated, both are nice to have features but not deal breakers. Have completed all surveys and submitted logs with each release. Look forward to official release.

Alright. Here in Germany, looked at the Webstore at 22:30PM:
BBM is available for the older BBOS from Version 5 and up.
* https://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/3729

BBOS 10 Variant:
EDIT 22:48PM: On the App Store -Browser- it now shows the Version for OS10. Version of BBM is
10.2.25.101 (Version of Beta App is 10.2.20.68).
* https://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/22531423

By Accessing BBW per Phone, it still shows the old Version from May 22. Maybe its because i have the Beta App installed. Or the BBW Server need a little more time to get fully synchronized.

I updated my software to 10.2.0.429 and I am still seeing BBM Channels in the beta app... I've checked BlackBerry World and it says I have the latest version of BBM.. Help anyone!?

Posted With MY #SwagBerry Black On Black Zed 10!! #TeamBlackBerry #BlackBerryFaithful #BlackBerryLoyalty #BB10Swag #BlackBerryGang #Z10

See my post below. I was having the same problem until I figured out how to force an update.

Posted from my BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry does not appear to be rolling out the Channels update automatically. I clicked on " Check for new updates " many times and no BBM update appeared. Here's how I finally managed to get the BBM update.

1. Visit BBM in BlackBerry World via desktop Web browser.
2. Click download
3. Enter your BlackBerry ID
4. Wait about a minute for BlackBerry World to start downloading BBM.
5. You should now have Channels!

Hope this helped anyone else who might have been having troubles. Happy thanksgiving!

Posted from my BlackBerry Z10

So... is BBM Channels a separate app or an upgrade to BBM? And why can't I find it on BlackBerry World yet?

Posted via CB10

Got it on my BB9850 with BBOS7.* You have to the latest BBM version and then tap the icon that looks like a circle with three lines and dots on the end of them coming from it. Enter your birthdate and there it is!

Installed the update, and the new version of BBM posts status on my behalf without my permission, about BBM for all. WTF?

Posted via CB10

I tried finding channels on my wife's BBM on her Galaxy S3 to no avail. I still don't have any subscribers :( Please subscribe to my channel Street Jitsu: C004CE6E0

Posted via CB10

I do not understand why android and ios users do not have the video chat feature available. It is a point that could attract more and more users back to BlackBerry.