BlackBerry joins us for #CESlive to discuss BBM 2.0 and more!

By Bla1ze on 9 Jan 2014 08:33 pm EST
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If you didn't catch the #CESlive show with our special guest Alex Kinsella from BlackBerry earlier, now is a good a time as any. Alex stopped by to give us all a first hand look at BBM 2.0 for Android and iOS and walk us through some of the great features that are coming with it.

One of the most notable new features of BlackBerry Messenger 2.0 is Quickshare which lets you share pretty much any kind of file you'd want to a BBM contact including Dropbox files, contact cards, location information through Glymspe integration, and more

Alex also walks through an explanation of BlackBerry Channels. While that's not unfamiliar for BlackBerry users, Channels right now is not yet available to Android and iOS users but is currently in beta and will be out in the next few weeks. Make sure you check out the entire video and for all our CES 2014 coverage, check out our #CESlive page!

87 comments

usman_hidayat19

nice release it soon!!

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Nharzhool

Damn...wish I could watch videos here at work...

Nharzhool

All I want is voice/video-calling and multi-file sharing.

Dan-AddictedtoBB

Can't wait until BBM video for all!

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birdman_38

You mean when it arrives on Windows Phone? Yeah.

ommoran

+1
When it arrives from the 4th and irrelevant ecosystem (BlackBerry) onto the third, and very relevant ecosystem (Windows Phone)

laketrout73

*sigh*..."Missing Plug-in". Would be nice to be able to watch this on BB10. Oh well, I guess it doesn't hurt to dust off the PC every now and then.

Bla1ze

Eh? Enable Flash. If you're using the CB10 app, open the page in the browser or tap on the image and it will load in the browser itself.

laketrout73

It's working. Must have been the drugs.

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velkod

Can they make bigger file sharing in bbm? Can barely send videos. Kinda weak

Maal628

Did I hear Alex correctly...BBM 2.0 will go public in the next couple of weeks???

#PoweredByBlackBerry

joe_23

Yep! Excited.

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boujwalii

Yup. You did....I'm like weeks?

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Notcho

Few weeks

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nhanken

Hopefully the next few weeks won't be like 52 weeks in BlackBerry's dictionary lol

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niceup

Heard it will be in 2 weeks

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birdman_38

Anyone notice how BlackBerry has removed the words "coming soon" from their vocabulary?

abal24

Anyone who can't watch the video isn't missing much. It's not like you really get a good walk through.

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Thesmartmale

Exactly, I was really hoping Kevin would ask him about the 6MB limit.

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Festal

+1
Also I don't like the quality of wallpapers when sent to someone, although I know that I can request it as HD, but many people don't, why just don't send it as HD.
And the Display picture, some Display Pictures when set become blurry, that's really frustrating as I am a bbm dp's designer since the old bbm, and it was really nice, they didn't get blurry, and you can post it in any size, not just square.

C001230B6 New wallpapers for your BB10 device

blacktiger_2

I feel things about channels are very informative and powerful , I would miss it if I don't watch the video. ,very good walk through. "You can instantly see how many people read your message in channel " cool and useful .

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jojo beaconsfield

@abal24..TRUE-10,waisted precious time,usally they would ask their guest about what they had for breakfast before the actual interview.sucks!

arvind1983

Hurry up and release it before other messaging system copies!

Dave Bourque

Copy = law suits.

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gzmo67

BlackBerry or nothing!!!

Tariq Nasir

Haha her face is hilarious when Kevin mentions his favorite channel

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Notcho

Bbm needs a proper PTT

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canuckbear

Ptt? How smokes I have to Google everything

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canuckbear

for others...PTT = push to talk

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Dave Bourque

In what way? They moved it where it should be. The only annoying part is the voice note doesn't load up inside bbm. But I'm sure if ENOUGH PEOPLE USED BETA ZONE.... they would know about this mistake.... and how users want it...

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juacas

What do you need PTT for when you have bbm voice?

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Q10Nutter

Its there in BBM2.0 watch the video

Z30, Q10, Z10, iP5, SGS3

Signhere

Kevin needs to spend more time on his channel. It's pretty much a ghost town. I enjoy many others though. Go BlackBerry!

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Jimberry Storm

I'm sure this has been said already but, Calle in yoga pants...lol no offense Kevin

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Andrew4life

lol, way to make it awkward..............hot men in yoga pants.............
-facepalm-
lol

Prem WatsApp

We've discussed that already, with known results....

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

LamarStarr

So pretty much this video is everything we already knew? Oh wait! I did learn it's coming in 3 weeks.

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abdallahk

Really need the feature of sending multiple photos at once, no mention of this so far.

What's the hold up?

From the Q10 Until the Q30

THBW

File sharing through BBM . Very cleaver. There is a certain irony that iPhone fans will have to download BBM so that they can do something as simple as a file transfer.

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Dave Bourque

It's going to be glorious.

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Tumacana

They need to roll out these services slowly. Remember they are not trying to bring through all the cash they have left. With downsizing and not spending money on upgrades, they need to stagger the release of all the features. They will get there. Hopefully sooner than later.

On my Z10

Tumacana

*Burn through all their cash

On my Z10

canuckbear

SASWTR....sure and steady wins the race

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Prem WatsApp

Thanks for not having to wing it, ahem... bing it

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Prem WatsApp

If it's on an upward spiral, and the market acknowledges it, I am sure Prem and other investors will cough up some more....

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Dave Bourque

Are you fucking kidding me ? Software is a race against time and they got a get shit done asap.

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milo53

Slowly? Really? BB should slow down? Sounds like a successful roadmap!

kakrutah

The girl is so annoying.

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LamarStarr

"He's going to show us some never before seen on a live show stuff" ... Soo what am I missing??

java0317

I'm wondering when you will be able to share pics, voice, video and other stuff in groups. WhatsApp is kicking BBM *ss there. COME ON BBM team!!! Bring your A game, NOW!! (I know it takes time to engineer some things. I'm hoping the new company structure will help BB in general, and BBM in particular, bring things to market faster.)

Stephen Cooper

Wish they would partner with UStream and integrate live streaming within channels!!! Can you imagine watching the Super Bowl live via the NFL BBM channel? Would be awesome!!!!!!!

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walt63

I have a feeling that some sort of live streaming is to come. ;-)

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LordDraco

I Hope BlackBerry improve BBM basic feature, which is broadcast message.
We can sent broadcast message based on categories. Rather than select it one by one.

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Herbie52

Just buy a Blackberry already!

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BerryRipe

I'm just really glad BlackBerry made a presence to CES in some way or another. It's probably best that a booth wasn't there showing BB10 phones, that would look desperate and would end up turning people away. BlackBerry needs to continue to become elusive, elite and efficient.

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

Herbie52

What I want on BBM is Money Service. I would love the ability to make and receive payments directly through BBM!

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walt63

Why?

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Stephen Cooper

I would love this as well!!!

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slipstream89

Kevin, any word of BBM team fixing the delayed message sending to android users? My brother doesn't get my BBM messages for several hrs and vice versa...big inconvenience

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Dave Bourque

Report to betazone...for the love of flying BlackBerry nugget....

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christoph77

Awesome news!!!

C0038297E Quote of the Day (BBM Channel)

Ayla Pnx

Do we also get the update?

Zed 10 user in SA

Winston Loh

Yes... 2.0.....can't wait

john_fisherr

Very nice start for BBM. Good that they are catching up with the rest of the herd in term of the IM things,but what wud really put them among the top is the integration of BBM video calls cross platform. That,and they are the best our there. :)

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gnirkatto

What he said about WP support didn't sound promising.
"Waiting for critical mass" is the wrong approach. A strategic decision has to be made instead, which does not refer to user numbers.
I can have hundreds of bbm friends, all converted iOS & Android users, but still not get rid of whatsapp, and still not be able to fully utilize features like groups etc., due to the only one friend that is left on WP.

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crazycanuck329

Agreed!

...we are all connected...

birdman_38

Yup. WhatsApp and Kik did not wait for critical mass to justify Windows Phone adoption.

BBM's two biggest competitors were with WP early on yet BlackBerry has no plans.

newcollector

The "waiting for critical mass" response seems a lot like the response of app developers who don't want to make their app available for BlackBerry.

+1 for increasing Video size. C'mon BBM4ALL!

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Bentlage

The Phone on the right - what's that?

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pblakeney

Ha...why is a BBRY inside guy carrying around two phones?

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Gavin Kwait

With two different PINs... Sounds very inconvenient. If I am trying to get a hold of someone, do I blast out a message to all of there PINs trying to reach them on the device they are currently holding?

RubberChicken76

Hmm... could it be possibly because he's talking about the features of a cross-platform product ....

freddysrevng3

"Between the Beacons", Kevin.... really??? Achtung....

freddysrevng3

When BBM comes out with "cross platform BBM Video Messaging" and if it is, as good as, it is between my Z30 and a colleague's Z10 - BBM will "take off" ....

BBM Video is the easiest and best quality experience of its kind - so much better than Skype.... not close.

Gavin Kwait

Channels is probably the least desirable feature of BBM.
Get BBM integrated with Enterprise Chat (Jabber) then we are talking.
Get BBM on the desktop in a real way (Again, integrated with whats already on the desktop, Jabber) without some hoky Bluetooth or BB Link connection required. Think how iMessages did this
Get Multi-device support. I have a Mac, iPad and Q10. I want my BBM on all of those devices simultaneously. (this is what makes iMessage pervasive.)

When it becomes pervasive, then people will want it... When it is silo'd no one wants it. They should have learned this by keeping BBM on BB for so long.

kwak11

Been hearing about it for months. When does AT&T release it?

kwak11

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