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BBM Social Platform Goes Into Public Beta

ScreenHunter_27 Mar. 15 13.41RIM has sent a press release letting us know that their BBM social platform is now open to developers in public beta.  They announced it back at DEVCON 210 and they now have the first public release.

To read more on the features check out our previous post on at this link.

NOTE: This is for BlackBerry 3rd party developers, it does not mean that RIM will make BBM a cross platform. It will allow 3rd party developers to integrate some features from BBM into their applications. Thanks to Marc for noticing the reader confusion.

Press release below:

This means that the BlackBerry developer community can now take advantage of the powerful social aspects of the ultra popular BBM service (an active user base of over 28 million). The BBM Social Platform was first announced at the BlackBerry DEVCON 2010

Press release Link

Enhanced Developer Experience – Empowering features

With this beta release, Java developers have access to APIs and features that allow them to build important functions into their applications. They are user permission based and include accessing and updating fields in the user’s profile, creating custom areas within the user’s profile, initiating and embedding chats with friends, initiating file transfers, sharing applications virally with friends in their contact list.

Developers also have the ability to test the exact workflow and BBM integration that they can expect to see on a live device. This is made possible by special simulators for BlackBerry smartphone OS 5.0 and 6.0.

More developers will take advantage of the amazing features of the BBM Social Platform starting in April 2011 when full support for the BlackBerry WebWorks platform is planned to be added.

Enhanced End User Experience – More than just chat

With this release the BBM Social Platform revolutionizes social interactions. The end user’s experience can now be extended beyond just messaging/chat to a whole new breed of socially engaging apps including multimedia, gaming, location-based services(LBS), VoIP, video and commerce. What was previously a solitary experience becomes now a social experience. Users gain the ability to discover new apps with friends and share real-time experiences and content with their inner circle. They enjoy the full advantages of the BBM community – always-on and unparalleled immediacy and responsiveness.

More information about the BBM Social Platform and how it enables developers to add social Super Apps features to their applications can be found on the BlackBerry DevBlog at

Additional details regarding BlackBerry Messenger and links to BlackBerry Messenger SDK Beta download pages and to the BlackBerry Messenger Getting Started Guide are available at

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  1. For some reason, readers @ crackberry seem to have interpreted this to mean that RIM has opened up BBM across platforms. Just to head that off at the pass, I’ll mention here that all they’ve done as allowed BB developers to integrate the BB API into their own BB applications 🙂

  2. I wouldnt mind seeing a voip style client for this, as I do a lot of voice notes while driving (HANDSFREE)

  3. Cross platform BBM scares me a little bit. I understand that’s not what this article is announcing

  4. Now this could be applied in infinite number of applications. I’d like to see what those creative developers could deliver 😀

  5. I do hope there are protections in place to stop applications from spamming people on the contact list (Check out this new application I just downloaded — it rocks: http://blah/!!!!) . Because if there aren’t, it will get abused.

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