Hey Inside BlackBerry Blog readers! We’ve got a great guest post here from Sonia, who’s eager to tell you about a new update to a particular social networking app…read on! – Ed.
Today we’re releasing BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) v6.0.1, a new version that is designed to make it easier than ever to discover a sample of BBM-connected apps from within BBM. This is great news for developers who leverage the BBM Social Platform because it can make their apps more visible and easier to find. It’s even better news for BBM users who are seeking to discover and share new app experiences with their BBM contacts.
Let’s walk through what’s new in BBM v6.0.1.
BBM 6.0.1 Key Features:
- Explore BBM-connected Apps
- Sharing App content with your BBM Contacts is easier
- Include BBM v5.0 users in application invites
- Inviting BBM friends to experience your favorite apps
- Chatting with BBM contacts from inside BBM-connected apps
- Discovering apps and updates through friends by browsing their recent profile updates of their contacts profile
BBM users will now be able to pull up “Explore BBM-connected Apps” from a menu in the BBM Contacts screen. This action is designed to automate a BlackBerry App World™ storefront search for “BBM” by redirecting users to a list of up to 25 of the most popular BBM-connected apps available.
Many BBM users have told us that they love sharing app content with their BBM friends who use the same app, but they also wanted to share content with their BBM friends who don’t have the app. BBM v6.0.1 is designed so that you can now share app-specific content with your BBM contacts regardless of whether your contact has the app installed.
For example, foursquare users may want to share a tip or badge they’ve recently earned, or Huffington Post users may want to share a breaking news story with their BBM contacts. Your friends or contacts will also be prompted to download the BBM-connected app if they don’t have it installed.
Now you can include even more friends in the fun! You can now invite BBM v5.0 & BBM v6.0 contacts to join in the fun and share BBM-connected app experiences. Your BBM v5.0 contacts will be prompted to download BBM v6.0 in order to access BBM-connected apps. For users new to BBM v6.0 and BBM-connected apps, here’s a quick rundown of some benefits to upgrading (make sure to read our BBM 6: Apps Made Social blog post for more information).
You can download the new BBM update from your BlackBerry smartphone here. I look forward to reading your comments on the newest version of BBM! Let us know what you’re sharing with friends and family.