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.
- Upload pictures of all sizes (BlackBerry 10 Only, already available in BBOS): square photos hindering your posts? Now you will not need to crop or edit images before posting from the device!
- Moderate Inappropriate Comments & Posts: channel owners will now easily be able to manage channel feedback and easily remove complaints, comments, or posts all in one place!
- Enhanced Stats Screen (BlackBerry 10 Only): channel owners now have more detail on how subscribers joined with a new, fresh-looking UI.
- Channels Restriction by Age and Location: configured from the CMC, channel owners can now restrict access to their channel to users from specific countries or below a certain age.
- Private Channels: create a channel for just you, and select friends and family! You can now create private channels, limiting access to only those invited by the channel owner.
- Channel Categories: users can now specify a category when creating a channel!
- Enhanced Channels Carousel (BlackBerry 10 Only): channels carousel has a new look and feel! Featured channels now have their own tab and users have direct access to search right from the main BBM Channels screen.
- Geolocation Prompt: BBM Channels now prompts users for consent to use their location to enhance search results and channel discovery.
- Search Enhancements: Users can now join a channel straight from the search results page! Check out the new indicators in your search results to learn information like number of subscribers right from search!
- Wondering what these look like? Search for the ‘TIFF’ Channel to get a feel for the new enhancements. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is under way today, and we are gearing up for the screening of exciting cinematic offerings from all over the world. Keep up with the latest from the festival on TIFF’s official channel (C000A033C).
- Notification Banner (BlackBerry 10 Only, already available in BBOS): receive notifications within BBM Channels when someone replies to your comments or comments on your channel!
- Favourite Channels (BlackBerry 10 Only, already available in BBOS): you can now select channels as favourites to receive notifications each time your favourite channel publishes new posts!
- New Channels Home Screen (BlackBerry 10 Only): easily discover the newest, hottest channels- when you open BBM Channels you will now see the featured channels and be easily able to switch between views.
- Improvements to Updates Feed: avatar updates experience enhanced; when your contacts change their display picture you will now be notified in the updates feed and be able to view the image in large format.
If you're using BBM Channels then you'll certainly want to get yourself updated as there's plenty of improvements with this release. Again, the update is live in both the BlackBerry Beta Zone and within the BlackBerry Beta Zone app so there shouldn't be much of an issue with everyone getting the update at the same time. Make sure you check out the CrackBerry BBM Channel as well at PIN C00012B19.