I had a BlackBerry phone a few years ago and moved over to Android OS as I thought I was moving with the times. Well now I’ve sort of moved back with the Q10, I looked at the Z10 but it was too like a Android. BlackBerry 10 swung it for me, and I’ll tell why later.
At the BlackBerry Live event yesterday they announced that the BBM is jumping up a peg or two, with BBM Channels.
This is really exciting as it opens up your BBM experience to businesses, communities, brands and artists. You will now be able to connect with individuals and/or groups in real time, giving you the ability to stay up to date with your favourites.
You can go one step further and create your own channel, edit and publish in an instant. So why was Lewis Hamilton at the show, well of course to promote the Mercedes AMG Petronas channel of course, so you can connect to a and share their channel.
Top BBM Channels Features:
- Create a channel – Create, edit and publish in an instant, and there are no limits to the number of followers you can have in your channel. Securely manage your channel from either a BlackBerry smartphone or the web.
- Discover channels – BBM Channels includes a carousel that lets you discover new channels. You can share channel invites within a BBM chat, and people can be added or invited using the channel’s PIN or QR code.
- View – View profiles for each BBM Channel you choose to follow.
- Subscribe – Subscribing to a channel allows the channel owner to send you timely and relevant updates, giving the subscriber instant access to your news, deals, events or whatever you want to communicate. Subscribers can choose to receive notifications when new posts are available.
- Participate – Participate and engage in conversations with your favorite people or communities by “Commenting” and “Liking” posts from channels you subscribe to. Channel owners have the option to directly chat one-on-one with a subscriber.
- Monitor engagement – Easily use built-in measuring tools to assess and monitor follower engagement and interaction
BBM with BBM Channels is now available in beta for BlackBerry 10 smartphones, as well as BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry 5 OS through 7.1. For BlackBerry OS customers, BBM Channels is part of the new BBM version 8, which also offers enhanced navigation tools, with tabbed viewing for quick and easy access to contacts, chats, groups, recent updates and BBM Channels. Furthermore, it allows the option to share your enhanced profile information with BBM contacts or within invitations.
The beta releases can be downloaded for free on BlackBerry Beta Zone. Customers can sign up to BlackBerry Beta Zone for free at www.BlackBerry.com/betazone. For more information about BBM, please visit www.blackberry.com/bbm.
So there you have the lowdown on BBM Channels. As for my coming back to BlackBerry it was the BB 10 that did it for me, Awesome is the word I would use. Then when you couple it with the Q10, Z10 and now the Q5 the BB 10 stable is starting to grow. It really is an amazing OS and the more I play with it the more I enjoy using it (not that I abandoned my Android but, I just can’t put my Q10 down).