Its nice to seem RIM is steadily improving the BBM Social Platform SDK which was released officially in June of last year. They just announced v1.3 for Java developers which adds a key ingredient of allowing applications to determine how they were invoked from within BBM. In other words now devs can see if users are coming from personal messages, chat bubble, or profile box clicks. That way they can improve how they use the BBM SDK.
Other updates include:
- Users can manage their settings in order to “Allow [app name] to connect you with other app users”. With this feature, the user has the ability to prevent dialog boxes from prompting when making/requesting to join public connections.
- Users can easily enable the Profile Box by clicking the checkmark “Post recent activities to BBM Profile” when the app initially connects to BBM.
- The character limit for setting personal messages within the user profile has now been increased to 160.
I am really hoping RIM starts throwing in some serious new features into the BBM SDK for developers though these improvements are welcome. I am more looking for them to streamline the setup for end users and provide easier discoverability and a broader API. Devs can check out their announcement of the update here or download it here.