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May 14, 2013

BlackBerry Live 2013 announce BBM Channels

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I had a BlackBerry phone a few years ago and moved over to Android OS as I thought I was moving with the times. Well now I’ve sort of moved back and purchased the Q10, I looked at the Z10 but it was to like an Android handset for me. My reason for switching was simple, BB 10 swung it for me, and I’ll tell why later.

But we need to tell you the latest news that broke today.
At the BlackBerry Live event today, they announced that BBM is jumping up a peg or two, with BBM Channels.
This is really exciting as it opens up your BBM experience to businesses, communities, brands and artists. You will now be able to connect with individuals and/or groups in real time. Giving you the ability to stay upto date with your favourite’s. Receive updates which will allow you to join in by commenting on, well, anything you like.

You can go one step further and create your own channel, edit and publish in an instant. So why was Lewis Hamilton at the show, well of course to promote the Mercedes AMG Petronas channel of course, so you can connect to their channel and share the BBM channel.

Top BBM Channels Features:

  • Create a channel – Create, edit and publish in an instant, and there are no limits to the number of followers you can have in your channel. Securely manage your channel from either a BlackBerry smartphone or the web.

Discover channels – BBM Channels includes a carousel that lets you discover new channels. You can share channel invites within a BBM chat, and people can be added or invited using the channel’s PIN or QR code.

  • View – View profiles for each BBM Channel you choose to follow.
  • Subscribe – Subscribing to a channel allows the channel owner to send you timely and relevant updates, giving the subscriber instant access to your news, deals, events or whatever you want to communicate. Subscribers can choose to receive notifications when new posts are available.
  • Participate – Participate and engage in conversations with your favorite people or communities by “Commenting” and “Liking” posts from channels you subscribe to. Channel owners have the option to directly chat one-on-one with a subscriber.
  • Monitor engagement – Easily use built-in measuring tools to assess and monitor follower engagement and interaction

Today, BlackBerry also announced plans to bring BBM to iOS® and Android™ users this summer. BlackBerry expects that iOS and Android users will also be able to experience BBM Channels later this year, subject to approval by the Apple App Store and Google Play.

BBM with BBM Channels is now available in beta for BlackBerry 10 smartphones, as well as BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry 5 OS through 7.1. For BlackBerry OS customers*, BBM Channels is part of the new BBM version 8, which also offers enhanced navigation tools, with tabbed viewing for quick and easy access to contacts, chats, groups, recent updates and BBM Channels. Furthermore, it allows the option to share your enhanced profile information with BBM contacts or within invitations.

The beta releases can be downloaded for free on BlackBerry Beta Zone**. Customers can sign up to BlackBerry Beta Zone for free at www.BlackBerry.com/betazone. For more information about BBM, please visit www.blackberry.com/bbm.
So there you have the lowdown on BBM Channels. As for my coming back to BlackBerry it was the BB 10 that did it for me, Awesome is the word I would use. Then when you couple it with the Q10, Z10 and now the Q5 the BB 10 stable is starting to grow. It really is amazing OS and the more I play with it the more I enjoy using it See our Q10 review .

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini