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BBM Channels updated in the BlackBerry Beta Zone - New features aplenty

*Update* - An earlier version of this post had the wrong features listed, it has since been updated to reflect the accurate additions. 

By Bla1ze on 18 Jul 2013 10:54 pm EDT
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Digging BBM Channels? It's been a while since we've seen an update to the beta app but some new versions are now being rolled out through the BlackBerry Beta Zone for BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS. This time around, there is plenty of joy to be had as well as there is a whole slew of new feature additions that have been added. Here's a quick run down for you all.

  • Chat! - Ability to chat device to device. From the Channel overview or profile you can start a chat with the channel owner. - If you’re a channel owner, make sure you enable chat in your channel profile.
  • Subscriber count added to channel profile: no longer will you need to wonder the subscriber count for the channels you are subscribed to.
  • Search Improvements: support for pagination and a new search animation.
  • Support new lines in create post description field: add intrigue to your post by spacing out your description.
  • Allow channel owners to exclude their channels from search – users can now create channels that will be excluded from search.
  • Active text support for Channel PIN’s - whenever a BBM Channel ID is noted, users can select the Channel ID to open up the Channel within BBM. *Already supported on BBOS, new to BlackBerry 10 

Oddly enough, the update isn't showing in the freshly released BlackBerry Beta Zone app for BlackBerry 10 but you can still log into the BlackBerry Beta Zone and grab the download the same ways as previously, meaning through the autoloader app or OTA if you're on a BlackBerry OS device. Be sure to hit up the official CrackBerry BBM Channel as well using PIN C00012B19.

Visit the BlackBerry Beta Zone

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BBM Channels updated in the BlackBerry Beta Zone - New features aplenty

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I still haven't yet received the invite for BlackBerry Beta Zone for BlackBerry 10 devices.

BBM: 2AEABBAC | twitter.com/heyart

Me either, hoping it comes soon to simplify installs/updates in the future.

Posted via CB10 on my white Z10 & lovin' it!

Same here i would love. To get my BBM Channels,......tick tick tick.....tock tock...waiting !

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Beta Zone app is only being tested by a small amount of Beta Zone users at the moment that will be why you don't have an invite

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How do i unlink my blackberry id from beta zone (reset) i cant seem to login and the account that its link to doesnt wrk either... nothing seems to wrk. Even if I try the forgot password feature... :(

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Yup. Because I switched from my white Q10 to a new black one. And don't have a PC around handy to load it up on. And desktop login was borked for a bit. So I haven' been posting much. Need to get the beta on this new phone. Seriously need a better delivery for beta's directly through bb world app itself.

Wow .... this is a massive move. I'm getting messages left and right through OPEN CHAT.

This will be explosive for businesses.

With this one move ........ BlackBerry just made Twitter obsolete ..... and possibly killed them. !!!
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K E E P M O V I N G !

True if I can open chat with a business brand rep or media personality or get a paid invite to listen to a Web cast on topic, this will make Twitter obsolete for me.

The updates are key

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Yo Kev, that's the right way to go back to black!
Blackberry in white...no it's not working ;)

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I think what could make it even series would be verified/official channels. For example celebrities, big brands, organisations and public figures.

Imagine a verified tick to show the official crackberry Kevin channel. That would be cool!

I think you should fire some emails to BlackBerry to have this added before release!

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How about thé:

ABC Family Medicine BBM Channels for a paid invite to a Web cast or live chat on medical issues and treatments. Live medical advice with your medical patients.

ABC Music Lessons BBM Channels for paid invite for music lessons.

ABC School Tutoring BBM Channel for a paid invite Offering school tutoring in math etc....

ABC Business Marketing Consulting BBM Channels a paid invite for business marketing consulting.

ABC Real Estate BBM Channels to promote your real estate listings with links to your Storymaker real estate listing video's on your You tube channel. Then a paid invite to your real estate education Web casts or chats.

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Is there a way to get the bar file from the BetaZone App????

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I want the ability to delete spam from my channels. The update is good, and in the right direction, but still lots missing.

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I'm not finding any of the features he mentions. What does he mean by "Images" in your profile? I also don't see the option to choose what channel I want to get notifications from

This is HUGE !

Great work Team BlackBerry ...... hopefully this will get a fantastic write up by as many articles as possible !

Exactly as another posted...keep on truckin BlackBerry. Lots of very cool *hit to come from them!

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Please help me, i have just upgrade bbm!but i send Messenger is slow.
Now bbm is slowly than more Whatsapp

BlackBerry z10

Loving the update, and chat works really well. Doesn't seem to update in the profile though.

Keep the updates coming, this will be huge when BBM goes cross channel and the Channels comes out of beta...

Posted via CB10. See my BBM Channel C00045D82

I NEED MY UPDATE.....Stupid Vzw......ughhhhhhh......btw what up crackberry peeps....pin:33449B58

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Do I have to hook my Z10 up to my computer to download and install this new version of BBM CHANNELS?

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Yes, unless you were lucky enough to have received an email from BlackBerry inviting you to download the "Beta Zone App" which allows you to download updates OTA.

From my sweet BB10 Neutrino powered Z10 :D

Updated it and I only get chat on one out of 17 channels and nobody is there. I also don't see any options for notifications. Could it be because I am still on VZW 10.0???

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Why you not giving file? A registered in beta but they saying not available in your country....

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Hey BlackBerry start selling BBM Channels t-shirts on mass for $3.99 each, make them cheap and get them out there

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Yes! andZ10 shirts too, oh and t shirts with the action splat!! ( I forget the official name).

From my sweet BB10 Neutrino powered Z10 :D

I don't know about others but my channels XPLICIT C00014A62 Which has over 200+ Subscribers has definitely benefited from BBM Channel Chat with ADMIN. In my Channel I post XPLICIT Jokes and now I have Subscribers who can send me their content and i can post it on my Channel

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Hey kev or blaze, is it possible to download the bar file and side load using bb10 chrome extension? My pc is packed up right now remodeling my house and all. Have out is my chromebook.

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Thanks to BBM Channels the BBM app has regained a spot on my 1st app screen, taking the place of the clock app. Cross-Platform BBM should make the move permanent.

I think with BBM going cross platform they should resurrect the BBM Music service and include it. Having voice chat, video chat and music all in one sounds like a solid package for a cross platform version of BBM. Bring back BBM Music! Channel pin: C00010BF5

Could somebody break it down for me how to connect my Z10 to the pc. I've downloaded the Keycode Loader on the pc already. My phone and pc are on the same wifi network developer mode is on. When i run it, it says Please Connect your BlackBerry 10 device and retry... Thanks

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