BBM Social Platform SDK 1.0 for BlackBerry Java!

Java Development


After months of development and testing, we’re proud to announce the latest edition of the BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) Social Platform SDK 1.0 for Java®! We’d like to thank our dedicated development community for all your hard work and diligent bug reporting, which truly helped to shape the platform.

Now that this release of the SDK has been launched, you can start submitting your applications to the BlackBerry App World™ storefront. Remember, apps using the new BBM Social Platform need the user to have BBM 6 installed, which is currently still in beta. As such, apps received by July 8th, 2011 will be reviewed and, if approved, available for sale when the BBM v6.0.0 app itself is released!

We’ve seen a few changes and refinements to the platform since the last beta refresh and here’s what you can expect to see:

  • Added the ability for an application to receive invitations from other users who are not on their contact list.
  • Contact picker UI changed to improve selection of multiple contacts and multi-user chat.
  • Added the ability to send a “join” invite to a user who does not have the app installed. They will see a download invite and after installing the app will receive a join invite.
  • Added a new API to determine whether the app is running on the test platform or production platform.

To get started, download the newest version of the BBM Social Platform SDK 1.0 for Java from BlackBerry® Developer Zone. Next, compile and sign your app with this new build. For on device testing with this release of the BBM Social Platform SDK, you will need to upgrade to the latest BlackBerry Messenger 6.0 beta available on BlackBerry® Beta Zone.

New to BlackBerry® Beta Zone? No problem – just follow the steps in the blog post announcing support for on-device testing!

To get started with the BBM Social Platform 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 platform. Don’t forget to check out the BBM Social Platform SDK 1.0 for BlackBerry® WebWorks™ (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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