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BBM Channels hit the Beta Zone for BlackBerry 10 & Legacy OS 5.0-7.1

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For those of you who want to get in on the BBM Channels and join the BerryReview channel the wait is over! BlackBerry has released a desktop autoloader to get the latest beta of BBM on your BlackBerry 10 device for both OS 10.0 and 10.1. They also have an updated version of BBM for legacy devices running OS 5.0-7.1 to download. The program seems to be open to everywhere that the Beta Zone is available so check it out at this link. See you on the BBM Channels!

Here are the basic details from the beta zone:

BBM Channel Features

Read more about the features of BBM Channels below:


Channel Profile
– View personalised channel profiles for each BBM Channel including additional content helping to bring the channel to life such as a welcome messages, images, maps and more.
Receive Posts – Stay up to date on the things that matter to you with instant updates from your subscribed channels. Receive notification when new posts are available and chose whether you would like to be notified.
Engagement options – Get involved in conversations with your favourite communities by commenting on and liking posts from the Channels to which you have subscribed.  Or share interesting posts with your BBM contacts.


Chat (Coming Soon)
– Get more personal with one to one conversations. Many BBM Channels allow subscribers to enjoy private conversations via BBM.
Discovery – Easily find and share your favourite communities on BBM Channels.   Check out which Channels are currently featured on the carousel.  Channel invites can be shared between BBM contacts or add a Channel via PIN or QR code.

User Controls

– Be in control of your notifications with the BBM Channel mute button. It allows you to select exactly which subscribed channels you would like to receive notifications from.

Join A Channel

  • BlackBerry (C000036C9) – Join for the latest BlackBerry tips, tricks, news and offers. Learn, share and enjoy.
  • BlackBerry Beta Zone Help (C0001F235) – Official BlackBerry Beta Zone Help Channel for the BBM Channels beta program.
  • BlackBerry Live (C0001CB2C)-  Official BlackBerry Live Channel (*Temporary Channel – Running May 14-16 Only*)
  • BlackBerry Developer (C00011F49) – Official BBM Channel of the BlackBerry Developer blog.
  • MERCEDES AMG PERTRONAS (C00011785) – Official MERCEDES AMG PERTRONAS Formula One Team BBM Channel. Exclusive insights from the race track and the team’s factory.
  • Check out the current BBM Channels that are available for you to follow. We will add to this list as the beta program continues, so remember to check back and see what else is available. 
    If you have created your own BBM Channel and want to post your Channel ID for the rest of the community, please do so on the dedicated discussion board thread here!


    BlackBerry Applications


    BBM Channels (BBOS)

    Version: 8.0.0.44

    By BlackBerry

    Posted: May 13, 2013

    *Please read the following prior to downloading: 

    BBOS ONLY – 5.0, 6.0, 7.0 & 7.1
    OTA Install ONLY

    Please create a backup of your device prior to installing the software, such that your data can be restored if issues are encountered upon loading the software.  If you require instructions on how to do this, please click here.
    Proceed to install BBM Channels, download via OTA only (wired downloads have been disabled).
    Upon download you will be emailed an application keycode.  Please copy and paste your keycode into the BBM application when prompted.

    Secure Bar Installer


    BBM Channels (10.0 & 10.1)

    Version: 10.1.15.30 & 10.1.20.25

    By BlackBerry

    Posted: May 13, 2013

    *Please read the following prior to downloading:

    BB10 ONLY – 10.0 & 10.1

    Wired Install ONLY (PC – Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher) Must be connected to a network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

      • Connect your device to your PC (wired downloads only) and select Download Now
      • Enter your device PIN and click ‘Download‘. A keycode will be sent to your email address associated with your BBID
      • Run the BBM Channels Loader, entering the keycode from the email when prompted.
      • If you have a device password, you will be prompted to enter it.
      • BBM Channels will now be loaded to your device!

      Create A BBM Channel

      Follow these simple steps below to create your own BBM Channel. Once you’ve set up your Channel, feel free to post your Channel PIN on the program discussion boards (here) for other members of the community to subscribe to!

      BBM Channels Manager:
      For a web-based BBM Channels admin (setup and manage) experience check out the BBM Channels Manager here: https://cmc.channels.blackberry.com/bbmchannels-web-portal/get-started

      BB10 Devices:

      1. Within Channels, select the menu icon, and choose Create Channel.

      2. Pick a Channel Name. This is where you will input the name of your Channel (i.e. Little, Big City Living). Typically this is the name of your brand, store, band etc. This name is how customers can search (functionality coming soon) you, so make sure it is intuitive.
      3. Upload your Channel Avatar. This image will represent your Channel. Note: Image size will vary by device. For all devices the maximum file size is 32Kb.

      4. (Optional) Write a short Channel Description. This is a free form description of your channel and its content. This is a great spot to tell your audience about your channel and your story/store/product. You can edit this section at any time.
      5. From the drop down menu selection your Country and Channel Category. The Country and Category information will be used to enhance future search results.
      6. Insert your Contact Details
      7. Finally, set your Channel Settings: Enable BBM Chat with your Channel Members (note you can turn this feature On and Off at anytime in the channel settings). You can enable or disable channel members from commenting on your posts by selecting On or Off respectively.  Approving member comments before they post is not support for External Beta however this can be actioned through the Web Portal (https://cmc.channels.blackberry.com/bbmchannels-web-portal/get-started).

      8. When you are happy with your Channel set up, select Save.

      BBOS Devices:

      1. Within Channels, select New Channel, and choose Create Channel.
      2. Pick a Channel Name. This is where you will input the name of your Channel (i.e. Little, Big City Living). Typically this is the name of your brand, store, band etc. This name is how customers can search (functionality coming soon) you, so make sure it is intuitive.

      3. Upload your Channel Avatar. This image will represent your Channel. Note: Image size will vary by device. For all devices the maximum file size is 32Kb.
      4. (Optional) Write a short Channel Description. This is a free form description of your channel and its content. This is a great spot to tell your audience about your channel and your story/store/product. You can edit this section at any time.
      5. From the drop down menu selection your Country. The Country information will be used to enhance future search results.
      6. Select Create.
      7. Insert your Contact Details.
      8. When you are happy with your Channel set up, select Finish.

    • 3 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
      1. Bumps BBM as a whole to version 8.
        Revised interface.

        Looks good so far.

      2. So what’s this channel’s ID then?!? :)

      3. This is a great move. This will blow Google Now out of the water. All BlackBerry needs to do now is add a quick way to access it – swipe to up to the left perhaps.

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