BBM Social Platform – Now in Beta!

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At BlackBerry® DEVCON 2010, Research In Motion® (RIM®) announced the BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) Social Platform. Today, the BBM Social Platform officially moves into public beta. BlackBerry platform developers can now start adding social Super App features to their applications, leveraging all the power that the BBM Social Platform has to offer!

With this beta release, developers have the ability to accomplish the following:

  • access and update fields in the user’s profile such as status, avatar and personal message;
  • create their own custom areas within the user’s profile for promoting recent application activity or storing trophies and achievements;
  • initiate and embed chats with friends;
  • initiate application-to-application background communication through BBM for sending and receiving application instructions, such as moves in a game or any other application state changes;
  • initiate file transfers;
  • the ability to share applications virally with friends in their contact list.

Included in this beta of the BBM Social Platform are special simulators for BlackBerry smartphone OS 5.0 and 6.0 that allow for simulation of BBM communication between two instances of the simulator. This gives developers the ability to test the exact workflow and BBM integration that they can expect to see on a live device.

While this current beta is for Java® developers only, BlackBerry® WebWorks™ developers will soon be able to get in on the action as well – stay tuned to the Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog for more details. In the next beta drop – slated for April 2011 – the BBM Social Platform is intended to include full support for the BlackBerry WebWorks platform, ensuring that BlackBerry WebWorks apps have access to all the same APIs and features that Java developers do.

To get started with the BBM Social Platform beta and review all the features supported, be sure to check out the BlackBerry Developer Zone’s BBM Social Platform page – and stay tuned to the BlackBerry Developer’s Blog for more beta updates!

About Brian Z.

Brian joined Research In Motion (RIM) in 2005 working with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who specialize in Bluetooth, GPS, multimedia, and gaming. As a senior member of the Developer Relations Team, it's Brian's mandate to not only support the application development efforts for a number of ISVs, but also to act as a voice at RIM for third party application developers. Like RIM, Brian's roots are in the enterprise world, but over the past couple of years he's quickly adapted to the consumer space, and that's where he spends most of his time today.

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  • http://www.berryreview.com/2011/03/15/bbm-social-platform-goes-into-public-beta/ BBM Social Platform Goes Into Public Beta - BerryReview - Mobile Edition

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  • http://blogs.blackberry.com/2011/03/bbm-social-platform/ BBM Social Platform – Now in Beta! | Inside BlackBerry

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  • http://twitter.com/JamieBeach Jamie Beach

    I’m curious if BBM Social Platform will be available for PlayBook developers as well? Assuming that gaming on the PlayBook will have better adoption than gaming on other BB devices, it would make sense. BBM Social seems to have a lot of applicability in the gaming domain.

    • Brian

      Support for PlayBook is in the works, though not at launch. Launch of the BBM Social Platform will be focused on supporting BlackBerry smartphones – both Java and WebWorks.

  • http://ekkes-corner.org ekke

    great to see the progress on BBM Social Platform:)

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  • Anonymous

    Why do you pretend as if the Playbook doesn’t exist in these blog postings? You could at least come out and acknowledge its existence (ideally with a timeline on when the SDK will be supported on Playbook.)

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  • Anonymous

    I like the new features and plan to use many in an upcoming app. However, one item does worry me. I saw mentioned in the docs that “The MessagingService class allows you to create a BBMPlatformChannel or BBMPlatformSession instance, invite contacts to download your application, or send a file to a BlackBerry Messenger contact. ”

    Are there protections in place to stop an application from iterating through all of a person’s contacts and sending spam, eg “Hey, check out this cool new app I downloaded at some-link: it rocks!” Too, this also makes for a good malware/social engineering vector – “click here” style, with the message coming from a trusted friend.

    • Brian

      Yes, there are measures in place to prevent an app from iterating through the contacts and spamming all. The model for BBM Social Platform is that it’s user driven. I.e. in the case of virally sharing your app, you get to prepopulate the text and you cause a contact selector to be shown (and can reduce the number of contacts on that list via filters), but the user is the one who actually picks which contacts to send the message to.

  • Anonymous

    Disregard previous comment – I read a little deeper and saw that it’s entirely controlled by the BB owner.

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  • Chanachon

    I am already add JAR of BB_platform but when I run I my simulator have an error occurred like

    Error starting Tic-Tac-Toe_BB_9800_0_0_1 : Class BBMPlatformApplication not found.

    but in project explorer already have BBMPlatformApplication.class

    How can I do it …
    BBM SDK Beta 4_03_10_2011

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