BBM update available from BlackBerry Beta Zone - Improves overall BBM experience

BBM update available from BlackBerry Beta Zone
By DJ Reyes on 8 May 2014 04:51 pm EDT

For BlackBerry Beta Zone users, you may have noticed an e-mail about a BBM beta update for BlackBerry 10. We're not entirely sure if this is a limited beta as previous builds have been but you can go ahead a load up the Beta Zone and check to see if you have an update.

There doesn't seem to be a changelog for this build, it looks more like a bug fix update to improve the overall BBM experience but if you notice anything new, hit up the comments.

One of the main areas of focus for this upcoming release will be to ensure we continue to deliver the best in class BBM experience on your BlackBerry 10 device. Please load up the build right away and let us know how it works overall!

One thing the e-mail does note is that you may lose your existing chats after updating.

Update: A list of some of the new features discovered so far

  • Landscape mode
  • Option to have keyboard 'Always On' for touchscreen users
  • Inline group pictures - Pictures will also show up in the Pictures section
  • Slight bigger emoticons
  • BBM Channels tabs tweaked - Shows name for tab instead of icons
  • In BBM previews modified - Now show under the BBM top bar and are grey

If you haven't done so already, check the Beta Zone app for the update. If you haven't got a BlackBerry Beta Zone account yet, you can sign up for one for free. Though it isn't available in all regions.

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Topics: BBM Apps

Reader comments

BBM update available from BlackBerry Beta Zone - Improves overall BBM experience


I was one of the first as well. I do like being able to post pics in chats now. This is something very new and appreciated.

No. Prior to this update when chatting in a group pictures could only be uploaded to the group pictures folder. Now the pics can be uploaded directly in the chat itself. Please check the update to this blog post. Thanks!

Posted via CB10

Looks like another limited beta. This is flipping annoying.
What's the point of Beta Zone if you're only going to let a few test the beta apps?

I thank all the Beta Tester volunteers for making BlackBerry experience better for all of us.

ॐ BBM channeling at C003910CB

Not liking this limited release thing that BlackBerry is doing. oh well, guess I can't join in on all the fun

Why is it a Beta app if it's just a bug fix?
Just send it out to everyone!

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 

Is there a way for me to restore to the previous one with out a re flash? if possible could you send me or link me to the bar file of a good version for this os ? Thank you! Much appreciated!

Posted via CB10

No idea how I made the cut but I got an email and the download and install was quick and painless. As others notice the email warned we may lose our conversations, but mine all made it though intact.

Feels snappier, but that could just be the placebo effect...more testing needed.

Posted via CB10

I feel like a lot of things are the placebo effect especially when it comes to other phones. Just because something is newer does not mean it's better.

Mine hasn't shown an update for several months. It says I have from Oct 20, 2013 installed but no update. Then I check my device monitor and it says I have BBM I checked and I am still signed up for BBM updates. Also I'm in Canada so I should be able to get beta updates.

They need to make bbm channels available as its own app, that can also be accessed via bbm.
Or a shortcut icon.. pain to open bbm, hit channels, hit your subscribed channels and click one on

Posted via CB10

Two new features.

First, you can upload directly in group chats and second new feature is, you can choose whether you want the keyboard displayed permanently want to or not! Two new features! ;)

Sorry for my English. Is not perfect, but I hope you understand me. :)

Posted via CB10

Incoming bbm messages also look different. Its not to the top of the screen and the white background seems a shade of dark gray.

Posted via CB10

Can someone upload this so others who are not on the list can update too? I haven't gotten an update for long time. I will be deleting the beta app if I don't get an update soon. I only installed it for the BBM :(

10.3 won't be released anytime soon it's monthS away try like 4 months after the SDK is released in a week or 2

My chats are still there. Nothing different as of yet that I see

Reg Q10SQN100-1/

New addition:
Ability to add a pic within a group chat, it appears in the chat and it's also in the pics section of groups (press menu dots in group chat)...

Also instant previews in BBM appear under the "title bar" and is grey or a bit transparent considering I'm using the dark theme

Posted via CB10

Only APP not available to me on Beta Zone. It's a shame that we can test WhatsApp and no BBM.

Posted from my flagship Z30

This beta has a new feature, you can add inline pictures in Group Chats and the same picture is also added to the Pictures folder in the Group.

Sorry if this has already been mentioned in the comments.

Posted via CB10 on Z30 STA100-2 / on O2 UK - Activated on BES10.2.2

hopefully this is another sign that a new BBM will be onboard in few weeks time *fingers crossed*.

keep the news rolling! BBM team, keep moving, get this onboard soon!

Goodness, BBM desperately needs an update, atleast on my device. I am not getting any channel updates, anymore. I have to manually open a channel to see the updates. The BBM updates section gets really laggy when there are lot of updates.

Any word on whether they're raising the transfer limit in BBM? Currently it's a bit of a hassle if you want to share several pictures at a time.

Posted while peeking and flowing on my incredible BBQ10! 

BerryFlow have information on far more new features in this beta than CB seems to have noticed (as in more than zero):

BBM Landscape support
Pictures can be added within BBM Group Chats (in the conversation thread)
Have keyboard be “Always On”
Slightly larger emotions
New stickers packs
Modified, in BBM Instant Previews
Slightly refined header for BBM Channels
And more subtle refinements

Landscape support at last is pretty mega!

Posted via CB10 on Z30 STA100-2 / on O2 UK - Activated on BES10.2.2

I hope all these improvements will also be developed for the iOS and android versions.

Can anyone tell me if group chats now start from where you left off rather than at the bottom of the thread where you have to scroll back up? It will be denoted by a "Unread messages" notifier like how its done in whatsapp.

Q10SQN100-3/, Z30, Z10, iP5, SGS3

So have they removed BBM group pictures section? So now pictures are in-line?

Dont you guys have any BBM groups going on? Jeeezzzeeee

Q10SQN100-3/, Z30, Z10, iP5, SGS3

Can someone confirm/deny that the inline pictures just apply to group chats and not individual chats?

Posted via CB10

Really hope the next open update addresses the Channel Comment Notifications in the Hub.
There definitely needs to be an option to turn these notifications off!

Limited beta, enough for them to gather feedback and analyse app performance.

Maybe they're worried about crashing the servers, if it's buggy, so thy don't really release it to every betazone member?

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Very limited beta... I've tested a lot of apps lately but never get included with the BBM betas.

From what I've read not anything new just big fixes... I like to test "new" stuff and goodies

Posted from my Z30 on CB10

I got the update in my Beta Zone. And fellas, I think it's pretty obvious why some get it and others don't. The intent of the Beta Zone is not to just download all the new stuff and then never take the time to participate in the feedback discussion areas. Those that just take and don't give, in my observations, don't get the invites for small closed betas. And it's JUST THAT SIMPLE!

Poster via CB10 Bitch!

Looks like some good stuff being tested. Too bad I can't get in on the fun. I'd very much appreciate the larger emoticons.