BBM Social Platform – Beta Update

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Just a little over a month ago, the BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) social platform went into public beta – and now we’re proud to announce that we’ve released an update to this beta that allows developers to start on-device testing. Now’s the time to start taking your apps beyond the simulator; it’s time to start seeing the fruits of your labour running on the BlackBerry® smartphones themselves!

Since this beta version provides developers with the ability to do on-device testing, developers now have the opportunity to perfect the BBM workflow in their applications well ahead of the official launch of the BBM Social Platform and BBM v6.0.0, which is slated for a summer release.

To get started, download the latest version of the BBM Social Platform beta from BlackBerry® Beta Zone. Next, compile and sign your app with this new build. Finally, download the beta version of BBM v6.0.0 – i.e. the 6.0 version of the BBM app itself – which is the version of BBM that will support apps using the BBM Social Platform.

New to BlackBerry Beta Zone? No problem – just follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.blackberry.com/beta
  2. Log in if you’re an existing beta user; if not, follow the instructions to register
  3. Once logged in, go to “My Programs”
  4. Select “(Consumer) BlackBerry Messenger 6.0”
  5. Select “Yes, I would like to participate”, click Submit
  6. Review the license agreement and if you agree with the terms, click “Agree”, then click Submit
  7. Select the Downloads tab
  8. Select “BlackBerry Messenger v6.0.0”

If you’re accessing BlackBerry Beta Zone from your BlackBerry smartphone, your next step will be to start the download and install the beta version of BBM v6.0.0 on your BlackBerry smartphone. Alternately, if you’re accessing BlackBerry Beta Zone from your computer, email the download link to yourself so that you can install it from your BlackBerry smartphone.

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

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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