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BBM for Windows Phone picks up a bug-fixing update

Blackberry has continued their rapid-fire development of the Blackberry Messenger app for Windows Phone, updating the app today to version  1.0.1.28.image

The update fixes an issue related to accepting SMS invitations.

Download the app from the Windows Phone Store here.

Source: Nawzil

BBM for Windows Phone updated, exits beta

On their blog Blackberry has announced that their Blackberry Messenger for Windows Phone app has now exited beta, with version 1.0.1.26 now available.

The final update brings:image

  • Improved application launch times
  • Fixes an issue some users faced where BBM would display in English when the device language was set to Spanish
  • Other bug fixes and performance improvements

Download the app from the Windows Phone Store here.

BBM beta updated with bug fixes and improvements

Blackberry has updated their open beta for Windows Phone.

imageAccording to their short changelog the update brings bug fixes and improvements, and the small change from version 1.0.0.0 to version 1.0.0.16 suggests not much has changed.

Blackberry promises to continue adding features and move to the BBM version 2 soon.

Download the app from the Windows Phone Store here.

See a video demo after the break.

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BBM Private beta updated with numerous fixes

Blackberry has pushed out a bug-fixing update for Blackberry Messenger for Windows Phone.

The update to version v100.0.0.2 is currently only for their private beta, which has more than 10,000 users, but should eventually become available to all BBM users on Windows Phone.

The update addresses numerous small bugs, such as avatars suddenly losing their pictures or emoticons not rendering properly.

See the full changelog after the break.

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BBM for Windows Phone now available to all!

Right on schedule, and as promised still in July, Blackberry Messenger for Windows Phone is now available for all to download.

The app in still officially in beta and features:

Chat with friends on Windows Phone, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry:
• Know when messages have been delivered (D’s) and read (R’s)
• Quickly share photos, voice notes, BBM contacts and your location
• See when contacts are responding to your message
• Emoticons for every mood and emotion let you express yourself

BBM, now specially designed for Windows Phone
• BBM picks up the modern look & feel of Windows Phone
• Pin BBM Groups and 1:1 chats to the Start screen for easy access to your most important chats

Chat and Share with many at once:
• Groups – BBM groups help you share pictures, lists, and appointments with group members. You can even be in a group with people who aren’t part of your own BBM contact list.
• Multi-person chats – Invite multiple contacts to have a chat together.
• Broadcast messages – Send a message to multiple BBM contacts at one time.

BBM lets you protect your privacy. You control it:
• You chose how to share your information – BBM uses PINs instead of phone numbers or email addresses so that it’s more private, and you always control who can contact you
• You chose your contacts – 2-way opt-in means you have control over who is able to message you

Cimagereate your own BBM profile:
• Post a profile picture using images or pictures
• Update your status to let people know what you’re up to or how you feel

Blackberry promises to continue adding features and move to the BBM version 2 soon.

Download the app from the Windows Phone Store here.

See a video demo after the break.

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It’s official: BBM coming to all Windows Phone users next week

On the official Blackberry blog today Matthew Talbot wrote that Blackberry is coming to all Windows Phone users next week.

He writes:

Next up is BBM for Windows Phone, coming next week. When we announced the private beta a few weeks ago, all 10,000 testing slots were taken within 24 hours. The excitement is there. The numbers are there. The momentum is there.

Despite many that have said there is little interest in Blackberry Messenger 10,000 testers in 24 hours sends a different message.

Are our readers excited? Let us know below.

Thanks Bart for the tip.

BBM for WP8 picks up its second pre-release update

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Blackberry has just updated Blackberry Messenger for Windows Phone for the second time in the Windows Phone Store.

The app , which is still in private beta, is now on version 1.0.0.4.

Users report that as a messaging app the app actually works pretty well, though others have complained of connection issues and delayed messages.

The Official Changelog (via NPU) includes:

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Blackberry Announces Cortana Competitor, BlackBerry Assistant

Blackberry Assistant

As all the major smartphone OS vendors Microsoft, Google and Apple have come up with their own version of digital assistants, Blackberry too has now joined the party by announcing Blackberry Assistant. As you can see in the image above, the logo looks similar to how Cortana is depicted in Windows Phone 8.1. As far as the functionality is concerned, it does all the actions which you expect from a modern day digital assistant.

I spend a lot of time behind the wheel and am often switching between multiple vehicles. Having an app that’s designed to be compatible with any Bluetooth device is key for vehicle safety. Just this week, I used it to remind me about a car appointment, a vet appointment and my anniversary. Then, it helped me send an ever-so-romantic BBM note from the car on my way home (all hands-free, of course). It was also my go-to when I needed to find the lyrics to “Soft Kitty”.   Continue reading

Screen shots of BBM for Windows Phone

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Blackberry Messenger for Windows Phone is currently in private beta in the Windows Phone Store.

The app is expected to be published by the end of July, and the beta is currently fully subscribed.

So far we have not seen what the app will actually look like, but BerryReview have posted some screen shots of the app in action.

The app consists of 3 pages in a panorama, with Feeds, Contacts and Chat sections.

BBM has turned into somewhat of a social network, with a feed section as can be seen in the first screen shot, showing updates from your friends.

The second screen shot shows the chats page.

The app is still missing features such as stickers, BBM Voice, Channels, and Location Sharing via Glympse but BerryReview expects these to arrive in the coming months.bbmwp1

The app fortunately uses the Windows Phone Modern UI, which is more that can be said of BB’s icon, which looks rather out of place on Windows Phone.

What do our readers think of the app, which still has more than 100 million users and growing? Let us know below.

Via PhoneArena.com

BBM Open Beta closed to further registration

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It seems, despite some derision, there is quite a bit of enthusiasm in the Windows Phone community for Blackberry Messenger on Windows Phone.

The company is currently running an open beta, and started taking registrations last night.  In less than 24 hours the beta has been fully subscribed, with users now being asked to register for a waiting list.

BBM  currently has more than 100 million active users, which is certainly a lot more than the actual number of people who still use Blackberry, which I guess means we should really welcome another real competitor to the messaging app race.

Join the waiting list at Blackberry.com here.

Via Crackberry.com

BBM to hit Windows Phone 8.1 soon?

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According to a poster spotted at retailer by redditor ziyadgamal BBM should be available to the Nokia Lumia 630 when it launches.

Indonesia is one of the few strongholds left for Blackberry and BBM, and support for the messaging service is currently a strong selling point in the region.

The app is expected to hit Windows Phone in early June.

With all the troubles we are having with WhatsApp, will our readers welcome the arrival of BBM? Let us know below.

After the Nokia purchase, now is the time for Microsoft to buy Blackberry

imageMicrosoft is just about to conclude their purchase of Nokia’s handset division this Friday, which will leave the company with a loss-making mobile phone division which sells more than 50 million dumb phones each quarter and close to 10 million Windows Phones.

The $7.2 billion purchase will take a while to pay for itself, but there is another company which Microsoft should be looking at snapping up before Google or Apple gets their fingers in.

That company is Blackberry, who still owns 26% of all phones used in enterprise, and who is one of the largest mobile device management companies with a service which can manage Blackberry, iOS, Android and soon Windows Phones.

Even more than Nokia, purchasing Blackberry will be synergistic – giving Blackberry new credibility and removing uncertainty about their future, while instantly giving Microsoft a strong foothold in enterprise with a cross platform solution.

Of course Blackberry will have to ditch Blackberry 10, but given that less than 10 million of those handsets have been sold ever this is no big hardship.

Getting rid of Blackberry’s loss-making handset division will allow Microsoft to reap the pure profits from its high margin MDM division, and for Microsoft to cross-sell Windows Phones in areas where Blackberry handsets still matter.

Given that Blackberry is worth less than $4 billion at their current share price, the deal would be a steal which will soon pay for itself.

Do our readers agree? Let us know below.