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
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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.

Sign up to BlackBerry Beta Zone

119 comments

thisiscjay

I was probably first to download this.

MADBRADNYC

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.

chrisstlaurent

DJ Reyes has been quick these days!

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Thesmartmale

It's LIMITED AGAIN!!!!!!

WHY BlackBerry????

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ggastaris

Because they don't really want feedback

JAS0NB0URNE

I updated and did not lose my chats.

Posted with my  Q10.

kraidx

Same here

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Koepman

It's awesome and extremely fast... is it just me.. or?

Visit my Channel C00121417 

LamarStarr

lol well lets not exaggerate and say, "extremely fast" but its fastER... still glitchy

Koepman

I can write and say what I want, asshole.

Visit my Channel C00121417 

toneytone

Yep limited. Back to work I go

Posted via Z30 C001F29E5

LamarStarr

Seems the same

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Graheem

Same. How can I check what version I have?

MADBRADNYC

You ca post pics in chats now. Also the BBM channel layout has been updated.

ggastaris

You could always chat with pics

MADBRADNYC

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!

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Haytham Hamad

Can someone explain why Beta accounts are not available worldwide?

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Triniboyfella

Hi, I'm in Trinidad, Caribbean and I'm in the limited beta testers list.

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Koepman

Vienna, Austria... exclusive bbm beta tester since 2013

Visit my Channel C00121417 

Haytham Hamad

Well doesn't seem like it for Jordan

cia_man

I hope performance and stability will be improved...

mossa210

Really, BBM needs to be more stable and faster on BB10

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Killjoyhere

I have not had any problems.

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Pete The Penguin

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?

Genghis2k3

Beta Zone allows for discussion and suggestions, among the chosen beta testers.

wyrdfool

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

ॐ BBM channeling at C003910CB

RubberChicken76

That's usually how beta programs work. In the grand scheme of things, very few betas are open

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ilseparatio

I found whats app also to download from beta :)

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BlackB_G

It's quite snappy I must say. Liking it.

Posted via CB10 on my Z mfk'n 10!

G_Neus

Showed up for me, and all message history remained intact...

Posted by my awesome Z10!

Paul Collins4

Runs much smoother

Z10STL100-2/10.2.1.2141 pin:2AE6118E

MrMousey

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

BerryRipe

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

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 

MADBRADNYC

You can post pics in chats now. Also the BBM channel layout has been updated.

BlueStreak67

Now where did I put my ladybug?

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BlueStreak67

No BBM but Whatsapp is there???

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sfcramsey

Looks like I am not worthy for this one lol

jerryeight

This new one is crashing on start after upgrade.
I am running Z10STL100-3/10.3.0.140

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DJ Reyes

Yep. It doesn't like that OS.

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jerryeight

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!

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RubberChicken76

Serves you right for running an unreleased, leaked os. ;)

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HUNTZODIAC

Updated didn't loose any chats and it is a bug fix and performance fix

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wbbeinuni

Limited invite.

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Infiniti14

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.

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Dat Gui

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.

xales

I Just saw whatsapp in Betazone..bbm nope

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chicofehr

Mine hasn't shown an update for several months. It says I have 10.2.20.68 from Oct 20, 2013 installed but no update. Then I check my device monitor and it says I have BBM 10.2.1.3175. 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.

FirstBerry101

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

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arvind1983

Also channels gets laggy when are a lot of updates.

Daniel Behrendt

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. :)

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GeneralHerzog

They've also tweaked the icon/names for Channel organizations. Now have Discover, My Channels and Notifications.

LamarStarr

Only new BBM updaters can see the in group pics

BlueStreak67

Waiting for DJ's update on the 2 new sticker packs.

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darkhawk

Nope ignored again. Stop posting these on crackberry it just makes me sad

BlueStreak67

Thanks Daniel, the keyboard option is a welcome one.

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Triniboyfella

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

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chicofehr

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 :(

Jimberry Storm

I'm out....doh!

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pick1eberry

Definitely faster than prior versions. Me likey!

Yes I've been SQUIRCLFIED!™

michael1329

Yep is very smooth.and fast

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willowbeast

Nothing to see here folks... move along. no update once again for me!

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michael1329

Guys this BBM version is 10.3.....is this an indication that os 10.3 will release soon?????

Z.10 ....10.2....

khehl

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

DJ Reyes

BBM 10.3 has been out for a while

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harj

Still no chat backup onto SD card!

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RegN

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

Reg Q10SQN100-1/10.2.1.2141

michael1329

Hhhmmm

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Fernando Almeida

Update !!!!
I don't understand why the BBM in O6 don't share vídeos above 6 MG !!!

NerdBoss

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)...

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

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MADBRADNYC

The layout of BBM channels has been updated as well! Awesome!

yohannyphm

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 10.2.1.3175/3140

yvpan1

not again.. it's a limited beta!! ARGGGH!!!

johnnyuk

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 /10.2.1.2141 on O2 UK - Activated on BES10.2.2

kevxn

That is exactly what I need, thanks BlackBerry!

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Herbie52

I don't see an update!?

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Josh_Gooner

Another exclusive beta release.

Just sod off with this crap already.

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yvpan1

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!

RaulHernandez

Pues no sale conmigo o.o

Posted via CB10 on Z30

Shifty88

Why do they limit it? That's so stupid. I give up with Beta Zone. Such a joke.

Triniboyfella

And I confirm BlackBerry flow's change log of landscape mode n loving it

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arvind1983

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.

3_M4N

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! 

aloushka37

I can't find it :/ :s?

Via BlackBerry Q10

johnnyuk

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

http://berryflow.com/2014/05/bbm-10-3-beta-brings-many-highly-requested-...

Landscape support at last is pretty mega!

Posted via CB10 on Z30 STA100-2 /10.2.1.2141 on O2 UK - Activated on BES10.2.2

Q10Nutter

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.

Q10SQN100-3/10.2.1.2228, Z30, Z10, iP5, SGS3

Q10Nutter

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

Dont you guys have any BBM groups going on? Jeeezzzeeee

Q10SQN100-3/10.2.1.2228, Z30, Z10, iP5, SGS3

curvezzz

I didn't loose chats. Update includes landscape support, pics in group chats.

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Bacon Munchers

Sorry, can't afford to lose the chats.

No-go for only bug fixes.

curvezzz

See above.

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wout000

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

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curvezzz

You can add pics in group chats.

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santhoshmanikandan

Why I can't get it? It's there in the installed version. But not in available tab.

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tb146

I need BBM which can delete a personal chat not a whole chat history.... please

TimJW

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!

Prem WatsApp

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... "

jfunds

Can't see it

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nataprawira

Couldnt found an update in my Telkomsel Indonesia :(

CB10 on  Z10STL100-2/10.2.1.2141

HristoChilov

*worsens!!!!!!!!!

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drfever

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

Verminator

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!

Manish2001

It's limited. I don't see the update I my beta zone

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Dantala

Landscape now available without accessing bbm through the hub

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Kareem Beidas

Why have I not seen a new beta BBM in my BetaZone for almost 6 months now?

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pkcable

Don't feel bad folks I did not get picked either!

tayl0rd

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.

xGanoess

I don't have it in beta zone :(

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ShayneDaley

Sound like a downgrade

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kutulu1

how about the ability to use stickers in group chat?

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mathiasdjurberg

Is the software for the 10.0 Update download only available on PC? :( No Mac?

securityboy

Limited invite. No can see in beta downloads.

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otunba7

Can't Find the update yet in Nigeria...

#OTB