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June 14, 2013

BlackBerry update BBM Channels plus Animated Gif’s pack for BB10 users

Channels _Update

BlackBerry today have released a new Beta of their BBM Channels for BB10 users to v & Also included are nine additional Gif’s pack, in zip format.

The Channel update must be performed via PC / USB cable.

Channels _Update2  Channels _Update3

New Features include:

  • Search for Channels – Within the “Browse Channels” tab on BlackBerry 10 and the “New Channel” tab on BBOS, users may now search and discover new Channels.
  • Active Text for Channel ID’s Within BBOS (5, 6, and 7) – Whenever a BBM Channel ID is noted within BBOS, users can select the Channel ID to open up the channel within BBM. *Coming soon to BB10, but not in this release!*
  • Deleting My Own Channel – Users may now delete their own Channels from the device. The Channel will be deleted from any subscriber’s devices as well.
  • Support for Animated GIF’s – Users may now add an animated GIF to their post, bringing motion and a richer experience to their channels. Check out the bonus animated gif pack under the download tabs that we’ve posted to help you test out this new feature!
  • View Subscriber Count Within a Channel’s Preview Screen – Users may now see the total number of subscribers to a Channel, from the Channel preview screen.
  • Repost Channel Content – BBM Channels now allows users to repost content they like in channels they subscribe to, into their own Channel.

Known Issues: Easy Fix

Notable Known Issues for the latest BBM Channels builds are as follows:


  • A deleted Channel is not being removed from the subscribers list. Workaround: Close and reopen BBM.


  • Animated gifs are not rendering properly.  Workaround: Open the image in full screen, then back out.

Update is applicable to BBOS and BB10 which can be found here



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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