RIM Opens its BBM Social Platform to Devs
Research In Motion today announced that its BlackBerry Messenger Social Platform is now available to developers wishing to add it to their apps. BBM Social allows developers to integrate with the on-device contact list, allowing users to choose their BBM contacts from within another applications in order to initiate social interactions such as chatting or game play. Apps that use BBM Social will let sers add their own status updates to BBM from within another application. It allows users to transfer media back and forth — such as music, video, and photo files — with their BBM contact lists. Users can also invite new friends and access friend requests all from within third-party apps. Developers can grab the APIs and others tools to integrate BBM Social into their applications starting today. The full SDK will become available in April.
BBM Beta for Windows Phone Now Available
BlackBerry and Microsoft today announced the immediate availability of BBM for the Windows Phone platform. BBM is being offered as a beta, but it includes many of the features available to the Android and iOS versions of the app.
BlackBerry Bringing BBM to Android Wear
BlackBerry today showed off BBM for Android Wear. With BBM on your wrist, Android Wear owners will be able to read incoming BBM messages, review and accept BBM invites, scan through the BBM inbox, and respond with either canned messages or dictated messages via Google Now.
BlackBerry Improves BBM with Support for Lollipop and iOS 8
BlackBerry today pushed out BBM 2.6 to the Android and iOS platforms, as well as its own BlackBerry platform. All three versions of the app gain new features, including support for stickers within group chats and a 60-second option for time chats.
BBM for Android Gains Video Calling
BlackBerry today said it is expanding BBM video calling to Android devices. The feature is rolling out in the U.S.