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BBM beta for Windows Phone begins its public roll out

BlackBerry has pulled the switch and is now rolling out its BBM messenger beta app to all Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 users, after the company released it as a closed beta test earlier in July.

It would appear that the public beta version of BBM is a different one than what was released for the closed beta testers earlier in the month. In any case, this version is apparently the one that BlackBerry is letting any Window Phone users try out.

Here's a quick description for version 1.0.0.0:

  • 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

The description adds, "We're already working hard on V2 where we'll introduce additional features to BBM for Windows Phone." Will you be trying out this first public beta of BBM? Thanks to everyone who tipped us!

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364 Comments
  • Beautiful.  Updating immediately!! 
  • Why exactly do they need 12mb? I only have a Lumia 521
  • Add a memory card
  • You don't even hv 12mb??what kind of a man u r,installed that many games?or apps?
  • Lol
  • Maybe Other storage it's filled up with p*** ...
  • Add a memory card and update to 8.1 to install things on it. Lack of space is no excuse anymore :P
  • If you have a 925, of course it is!
  • Until u r on iPhone Lol..!!
  • You bet!!! LOL
  • You should immediately contact John Chen of Blackberry. He will be able to give you a BBM app, that will take only 500KB.
  • I think it's strange that there's over 300 comments here, & nobody has actually written any sort of review about BBM at the Store...
  • I've give a rate. But haven't see it yet
  • Lets see how many actually use it.
    Those invitations via bbm pin is a negative factor.
    If it was through phone numbers then believe me,bbm>whatsapp
  • I feel pin is safer then giving phone number. If I ask u any confidential info would you provide me that info here? Obviously u wouldn't.
  • People out there share their pin on insta,twitter etc and other who they don't even know,can acquire it. Some people may acccept the invitation.
    But people don't put their number on social networking sites like insta,twitter etc
  • You'd be surprised...
  • Now that's a nice point
  • I agree with you... PIN Is alot safer... I think half of the people around the globe have my phone number.. That's not cool lol
  • Hmm I come under the other half I guess.
  • You never asked :) lol
  • lool. i am asking now. assuming u a cute girl tho. 
  • Hahaha
  • Lol
  • basically these two are same pin and phone no.. its totally depends on you. how do you want to use ur im apps. whether you want to chat wid your known friend or wanna chat wid some unknown buddy.... if they know your pin they can call you through bbm voice any time...
  • You can send invites via SMS/text message as well.
  • Why would i use a phone number that for example will be recycled by my carrier when i dont use it anymore. a phone number is also just a weak idenifier in the world of internet which does NOT use a telephone number. It is the most stupid thing i have seen coming up with the mobile internet on smartphones
  • Sounds like you don't make calls..
  • I've been waiting for this because it doesn't need phone numbers. I have young teenage children who don't have cell phones and need a way to communicate with them through their iPods. This is what I've been waiting for because kik messenger sucks and is not safe. Thanks BBM!
  • Really? Did you even try bbm? It takes 5 minutes to open each time. And it lacks so many features.
  • Way to go BlackBerry, you rolled out the app 6 months after all my friends stopped using it. Gee, does anyone still use BBM?
  • Idk...
  • I guess it would depend on the country, but on mine, a lot of people are still bbm users. I started with a Blackberry, when I made the switch to WP what I most missed was the bbm App.
  • Let me guess. Indonesia?
  • Nope. Venezuela.
  • Sweet!!!
  • Its just so good to see WP maturing :')
  • Maturing?? Everything arrives as beta!
  • Atleast we can use beta versions.
    'Regret It'
  • Finally, download already
  • Yeah but is it improved?
  • My friend told that the UI is so beautiful, thanks BBM team
  • Great
  • I tipped!
  • Finally! so here's what i do
    Download BBM>Check the UI>Find Friends on BBM>Send Requests>Post BBMpin to Other Social Networking sites>Boooooring> Back To Whatsapp ;)
  • Ya same happened for me.. Lol..
  • True
  • Very similar to my experience with Whatsapp. Back to regular old text messages since most people I know have unlimited texts now.
  • do you know why i love text over im???? cz its slow... yes its pretty slow than ims... i dont wanna chat like a mechine ... i ma happy txter.. i read think then type the reply and dont wanna type 50 msg in 10 mins... so yes i still love txting....
  • Don't understand why you feel the need to share that with us. We aleady get that not everybody would use every app. That's a given. The time and effort it has taken you to type all of that could have been better spent commenting on an app you actually use, love and have something to share about.  
  • LOL . Same thing here
  • What is BBM?? :P
  • Read the article.
  • That escalated quickly
     
  • BBM is 'bahan bakar minyak' in Indonesia,like a gasoline! LoL
  • Shut up idiotsian
  • Woah such racism. If you insult a race like that im pretty sure you are the uneducated one. 
  • Let me guess, are you a Malay?
  • Why u say that. Racism!
  • Bee Bee Emm
  • yay... waiting for this... No need of WHATSCRAP now :)
  • Hahahaha I love dis.. Whatsapp is a piece of sh@t
  • So now i have 2 BBM Beta apps installed haha
  • So its not sharing the same appid then guess it means theres more to do privately then
  • That's what I'm thinking, there will be a private beta for bleeding edge versions and then the public beta will become the final release eventually.
  • same here.. LOL
  • Hahaha....Bless ur soul
  • Beta is the new black!! I'm tired of this beta thing! Everything that is "big" when comes to WP comes as beta!!! Instagram was released almost one year ago and I even can't see all the posts of my following people (always skip some)!!
  • No, Beta is the new Official! Lol.
  • It's the way companies say they care about the marketshare, but not enough to iron out bugs.
  • WP users are too sensitive. It cane out as beta on the other platforms, too. Geesh...
  • Overall, after done the beta, it is a well done app. Its easy to see Blackberry put its first tier developers to work on this rather than these companies that hire a few interns to work on our platform. Thanks Blackberry.
  • Finally
  • It seems faster :P
  • Does BBM still hold any ground compared to WhatsApp, Skype or Kik?
  • Depends on the user, if you have 1000,000 friends on BBM, it holds ground, of you have 0 friends, do you care if its popular?
  • Userbase is close to that of Kik, but it really all depends on where your friends are
  • It depends, I just downloaded it, and sent out invites. Already I have 5 people that I know use bbm a lot. Obviously not iPhone users
  • Yes for lots of people. Especially for people in my country (I'm from Indonesia by the way). BBm is quite an excellent messenger rather then other messenger that exist. Whatsapp is good, but lots of people is more comfortable to give other people their BBm pin rather than give them their phone number
  • Oh joy another beta!
  • Closed beta released like 4 updates in the matter of 2 weeks, maybe bother to read up or try the app before you start whining 
  • Really? Like I'm the only one whining around here? Point is that almost every official app we are getting is a beta and they stay beta forever!
  • It was worst a year ago, now at least we have a beta.
  • Does it work? Yes. Did it start as beta on the other platforms? Yes. Did they already state that they are hard at work on version 2? Yes.
    The whining doesn't help and just adds to the inferiority complex that WP users are being known for. Be happy for the progress instead of finding reasons to complain. If they didn't have the word "beta" and it had bugs, you'd complain. If they hold off on releasing it until a lot of bugs are fixed, you'd complain. Developing on WP us a no-win proposition.
  • "instead of finding reasons to complain" - or at least find valid reasons to complain about
  • Point is these guys are putting in the time, doing surveys and constantly updating the app... for now at least, so it wil likely not stay beta for long or will be a very well funcitoning and featured beta as in beta in name only. Is that good enough for you? Also would you rather have a beta or no app at all?  
  • They havw yet to fix or address the biggest issue for me: The unhelpful notifications. They need to show more than just "BBM: You have a new notification".
  • I agree, it's been communicated to them on beta zone and in the surveys. Hopefully they will update that feature soon
  • So which ones that should i use? BBM beta from betazone or this new release?
  • +8S
  • Which ones?
  • I'd say the newer one. Apologies for the old adage.. but it does "seem faster" than the betazone version.
  • In the USA, I can't see that there will wide usage because most phone plans here have unlimited voice and SMS. My two coworkers have Z10's who bleed BB but have never used/signed up for bbm. We had Nextel direct connect back in the day when we all worked as IT Engineers for another consulting company. Back in those days phone plans were much different in that you paid for minutes of phone use and were tied down to so many messages a month.
  • BlackBerry is alive???
  • Yeah, now its live.
     
  • Downloading now.
  • Akhirnya keluar juga.
    Donlot dulu ach, install, review
    :D
  • Kalo bosen balik lagi ke WhatsApp hehehehe
  • Sorry, but I have never used BBM so can someone tell me what exactly BBM can do that other messengar apps can't.  Say for example Facebook messenger?  Or even plain old unlimited text messaging?
  • I'm in the same boat.  I just use regular texing.  Other than to communicate overseas, I don't see the need for the Whatsapp, FB Messinger, BBM,etc.
  • I'd would say more secure and less spam
  • A number of things, first is that you don't have to give out your phone number or email, you give out a Pin instead and it doesn't add everyone out of you contact s list automatically. You can block anyone from sending you multiple invites. You can see when a message has been delivered to the phone and when it has been read, voice / video calls, screen sharing, groups, BBM Channel's (Google it), very easy to share pictures, video, files in almost every format, contacts, calender events, Dropbox, locations etc up to 12mb. Real time location sharing up to 4 hours using Glympse. It does a lot of the things other IM do, it's just does it better.
  • alot of these features haven't been implemented yet on WP, but I hope they come soon
  • Yeah that's true. Is it just voice/video/screen sharing it doesn't have? I don't have access to a Windows Phone, but I would like one.
  • You can only share, images from albums or photos, audio, contacts, location for the time being, so no video, no dropbox no calendar events or files in other formats. There are a few other missing features, but it's early days for this app on WP.
  • Thank you for the info.  Might have to give it a try.
  • Did wpcentral just pull an article, I could have sworn I saw something about don't have to downgrade to get cyan and update 1
  • *x-files music plays*
  • Lol
  • ***Spoiler***  he was a ghost the whole time!
  • Yes. I saw it too and read it full.
  • Hmm they must have pulled it, the God's above named Microsoft must be pulling strings again
  • They did actually, I have more than 30 minutes that I'm waiting for the article to re show up, but nothing... Well *sight, back to work than.
  • Yeah... I read the article and the comments... It was by Rich Edmonds. Joe Belfiore apparently said on twitter that you can get 8.1 update 1 without downgrading first if you are on DP, which is supposed to be the case. But there was some confusion over whether it will include cyan. I believe the article will be reposted when there is more info instead of speculation and the mass hysteria that follows each one.
  • Saw it in the car, thought; great! Get to work, to read it...gone.
  • Same here
  • Yeah! It went *poof* AS I was reading it..
    *creepy music intensifies*
  • ****Spoiler***** A simple cold virus kills the aliens!
  • Winbeta just wrote an article just now..
    No news if we're getting the cyan update with it, but update 1 is coming for those with dp..
    Just like zino9090 said speculation
  • You're not, and anybody who says otherwise doesn't have a clue as to what they're talking about.  GDR1 is an OS update only.  You won't get firmware with it..
  • Tell that to dear ol' Richie. He's the one who (albeit accidentally) mislead people into that assumption. Hence the hysteria and subsequent pulling of the article.
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  • 7CE6AB66 :)
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  • Downloading
  • Downloading...
    My look awaiting app.
  • Ok, so what do i do with the private beta app now? They're seperate...
  • Keep it... Jus like fb and fb beta app... They will upgrade the beta before the beta.... Lolol ...
    I mean they will update the private beta before the public beta
  • Welcome to Wp BBM
  • BBM, Skype, viber, wechat, WhatsApp, fb messenger - anything I forgot? How many different messenger can someone use?
  • Telegram
  • kik, hike, line
  • Cans and string, SOS
     
  • Carrier pigeon, semaphore, smoke signals
  • Ha ha ha!
  • two tin cans and a taut string
  • Snapchat, Bolt, Slingshot, Meowchat, Hangouts
  • Bat signal..
  • Kakaotalk
  • Yo!
  • Making territory on the side of a tree and waiting for a response
  • When you have to touch the screen to keep it from going off, you know it's a slow app, when the app doesn't ever work, you know it's a pile of absolute dink
  • Wow great interface better than WhatsApp ..has some things WhatsApp doesn't have like different colors for diff person,profile pic, and caption option for pictures...after two or three updates bbm will be better than WhatsApp...thanks bbm...
  • Don't use it but still good news Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • I dont know whether i should download it or not but still Welcome BBM.!
  • This shit suck
  • So does your grammar.
  • Burn
  • Buuuurrrrnnnn
  • I would love to try the app, but I know literally 0 people that use bbm
  • UI looks amazing
  • U look amazing too, thanks!
     
  • Hahaha oyeah thanks. That's saying a lot coming from a dude lol JK!!!. No thank you!
  • Which is better off or advisable to use of the private and public beta versions ?
  • Thank you so much BB team. I was waiting this app. It’s really great user friendly and smooth!
  • LOL!
     
  • right so where is the option to change to have a dark background setting? there isn't any. rubbish!
  • Dark background would be great for Amoleds. Same thing applies to the FB Messenger app.
  • I'll give it a whirl
  • Not to sound ignorant, but why would you use this over our native messaging OS app?
  • Group chats, ability to send pics and videos and most of all, it's free to message someone in a different country.
  • Which native messaging app?!
  • This one's free.
  • Add me guys... 7CF32ED5
  • 7F69476C add me
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  • 7a459af3...add me
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  • Just have no friends that use it. Actually I'm trying to get my brother to download it so that we can test it...
  • 7f563537 add me for chat
  • DONE. Thank you WPC!
  • Cool
  • I definitely find hike better than WhatsApp but the number of users are less,I think BBM is still better than WhatsApp lets see how many users support it.
  • Can we move it sd card
  • yes, you can move it to SD card. But for me I'd rather keep it in phone storage. I don't know if it makes any different, but I think it's faster for the RAM to read when the app is in phone storage. Correct me if I'm wrong
  • Thanks bbm dev.waiting for flipboard app.
  • 7F69BCD8
  • Hmmm, why isn't any notifications in the action center? Anyone with same issue?
  • Done, now waiting for friends...
  • It's gonna be a long wait
  • Super..... But i don't have friends on BBM....
  • Too late on wp platform......
  • Great app, my new pin 7f3120b1 just girls plz