Time for another BlackBerry Messenger Stress Test? On BlackBerry 10? Mid-November? Yes! [UPDATED]

Get Ready for a BBM Stress Test!
By Kevin Michaluk on 25 Oct 2012 04:52 pm EDT

* Update: Tomorrow morning's planned BBM Stress Test is going to be postponed a few weeks until mid-November. Stay tuned! *

* UPDATE - 9pm EDT, Oct. 25th: Ok CrackBerry Nation, we have a little change in plans here. We were going to fire up the BB10 BBM Stress Test in the morning, but after connecting with RIM's BBM team tonight made the decision we're going to push it back a few weeks. They have an update coming mid-November that features a number of performance enhancements over the build that's loaded on the Dev Alpha B. By waiting we can do the Stress Test on the latest code, and that'll be more representative of what we can expect of the real deal when BB10 Phones are released. Thanks for the patience. We'll keep everybody in the loop and give the heads up when we're going to do it next! *

BlackBerry 10 is an entirely new mobile platform. Literally, not one line of code from the legacy BlackBerry OS is present in the QNX-based BlackBerry 10 OS.

So when it comes to something like a BlackBerry Messenger Stress test -- where we add as many contacts to BlackBerry Messenger as possible in a brief period of time -- we should see very different results.

Since I started the Brainstorming BB10 series last week, I've received numerous requests from people to do a BBM Stress Test on the preview build of BB10 loaded up on the Dev Alpha B. Ask and you shall receive. Tomorrow morning, it's on!

I've conducted two BBM Stress Tests in the past. The first BBM Stress Test was on the BlackBerry Bold 9000. The test essentially destroyed the device. With only 128 megabytes of device memory and both apps and the operating system sharing those resources, the device slowed to a crawl, got wonky and pretty much died. I tried the second BBM Stress Test on the Bold 9650 and the results were not much better. The phone bricked. I fixed it, maxed out the contacts again, but at that point (and with the incoming requests never catching up), the phone was pretty much toast.

With a BBM Stress Test on BlackBerry 10, I **think** we should see a very different result. With the architecture of the OS, an app-gone-crazy shouldn't affect the stability of the rest of phone. Worst case if BBM gets overloaded, maybe we'll see it close out to the homescreen (in the case where the app is requesting more out of memory then is allocated for it to ever receive).

That said, I'm not really sure what to expect! We haven't had BBM on the PlayBook yet to ever try this out there, so this will be the first time we got nuts with BBM on this OS. It'll be interesting to see if the cap on the max number of contacts has been changed at all. 

So that's it. Let's get it on. Keep in mind of course this will be a test on preview software on preview hardware. Hit up CrackBerry.com tomorrow morning (Friday morning) for 10am EDT when we put things live.... and we'll see how things go. I'll be filming off and on throughout the day and follow up with the recap video, and will update the Stress Test post with updates as we go. 

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Time for another BlackBerry Messenger Stress Test? On BlackBerry 10? Mid-November? Yes! [UPDATED]


it's weird how crackberry didn't do a blog post on this yet. They are probably writing one up as we speak.

This WILL be interesting for me too. In the 6 years I've owned various Blackberrys, never used BBM.

Ha, too funny! Will return here tomorrow!! Oh and hey yeah, a new PlayBook update! Charging now, downloading very soon!

Finally.. good 1 kevin.. it will b awesome to have you in my bbm buddys..

BB 9780 white os 6

BB Playbook 32gb os

OMGGGG!!! Stress Test, its so nostalgic to the 9900 one. But this is a different one, its a mark of a new era. Tomorrow morning the underdog will be thrown into the field and Coach Kevin will test it out. QB material, BB10 may ... go ... all ... the ... way.

Looking forward to it bud.

Great way to start out a friday. I'll be here at 9:50. I missed the first 2 so I need to get in on the action this time

Consider yourself RSVP'ed!

Tomorrow my proverbial BBM cherry gets poppped you'll be my first!

The blacker the berry the sweeter the use...

This will be the first time that I have been apart of the BBM stress test......I'm looking forward to it. Quick question guys, my current blackberry is the 9860 running, no NFC...am I missing something and what's in the .714 version that's not in this one. I'm still experiencing alot of lag (black clock of death) multiple battery pulls needed sometimes. Is the os faster with .714......

Clearly I'll have to participate in this test. Why? Because my 'Fearless Leader' said so...

I better not be busy at work at 10! No, seriously...

My new PB stand from the CB Shop should at home when I get there today, tomorrow is BBM stress test and play with the new stand on my desk day...Gigidy!!

Now if Rogers were to release the 2.1 update for my PB, tomorrow would be an UBER day instead of just a good day.

Bring on the BBM crash er stress test!

The pic accompanying this article has me thinking...why has nobody produced an app (or better yet, built in to the OS) that allows locking and unlocking of the device using the touchscreen as a fingerprint reader?

Just on the off chance this wasn't a joke, the reason nobody has done it is because it's not technically possible. Touch screens are not sensitive enough, except maybe in a sci-fi movie... :-)

Wonder what the RIM Dev team will say when Kevin emails them...
"So, I did the BBM Stress test on the Dev Alpha B... and I think the Crackberry nation blew up QNX!"

RIM's Dev Team: Oh hey Kevin, you want to do a stress test tomorrow? Ya...that's going to to blow up the device...you better wait until our next software update...

Bbs team to Kevin:
" please, for thee love of God and BB10, please don't blow up the entire BBM network, please don't create the bad press for us, just give us more time...PLEASE!!!@

Sometimes the voices just tell you to go for it.
Plus it is just plain funny.

Dr. Egon Spengler: There’s something very important I forgot to tell you.
Dr. Peter Venkman: What?
Dr. Egon Spengler: Don’t cross the streams.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Why?
Dr. Egon Spengler: It would be bad.
Dr. Peter Venkman: I’m fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, “bad”?
Dr. Egon Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.
Dr. Ray Stantz: Total protonic reversal.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Right. That’s bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon.


Dr. Egon Spengler: I have a radical idea. The door swings both ways, we could reverse the particle flow through the gate.
Dr. Peter Venkman: How?
Dr. Egon Spengler: [hesitates] We'll cross the streams.
Dr. Peter Venkman: 'Scuse me Egon? You said crossing the streams was bad!
Dr Ray Stantz: Cross the streams...
Dr. Peter Venkman: You're gonna endanger us, you're gonna endanger our client - the nice lady, who paid us in advance, before she became a dog...
Dr. Egon Spengler: Not necessarily. There's definitely a *very slim* chance we'll survive.
[pause while they consider this]
Dr. Peter Venkman: [slaps Ray] I love this plan! I'm excited to be a part of it! LET'S DO IT!

Whats the whole idea of doing stress test on a DEV device? why not wait for te offical device release first since? when the finalize product might be alot different than this current device hardware and coding.

Hey Kevin, how about we do a stress test on the current build and takeaway how it goes back to RIM? So if they want to make a few changes to their code they could make it. #JustSaying.

BlackBerry Curve 8520 | BlackBerry Torch 9810 |
Oh how I love the BlackBerry!! <3<3

And here i sat at 10am waiting like an idiot until i read your update to the post! haha oh well see you in a couple of weeks.


BBM Contacts should be stored on RIMS servers entirely, I use BBM for News and Media and the limit of 2000 contacts is way small for me .. I need like 10,000+ lol

And it be cool to access it from DTM or Online even..

Hi all,

Kevin what appened to this stress test?
Do you know when will you do it?

Long life to RIM!!!

i think cb kevin and the guy from viber on the cb forums are the same person...
less waiting, more bbming!
i want to see my promised stress test!!!! or at least an update!!!!!


sometime in late q4 / early q1....