BBM for Windows Phone updated to include Channels

BBM for Windows Phone updated to include Channels
On Thursday, BlackBerry pushed out an update to the version of BBM for Windows Phone. Moving over from the beta version of the app to the regular version is support for BBM Channels. These are discussion groups that allow you to post comments and get involved in conversations with other BBM members.

BlackBerry, iOS and Android users are probably yawning over this news. That's because BBM Channels has been available to BlackBerry users since November 2013. Last year, the feature was added to the iOS and Android versions of the messaging app. As of last November, there were 1.1 million different channels available.

You can check out how BBM Channels looks in action by clicking on the video below. This clip was originally released last year, and while it doesn't specifically show the Windows Phone version of BBM, what you will see on the video still applies to Windows Phone users.



source: BlackBerry via Crackberry

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46 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nice to BlackBerry finally getting around to adding Channels to the Windows version of BBM. Channels are a great way get information about things you're interested in. They're more like a "social network", with the way you can comment, like and converse with other like-minded individuals.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

If only BBM had the ability to be used as an sms client. Would gain some degree of usability.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Mostly chat and I think you have to match an email address up. I mean using bbm over something like Textra or Chomp.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, you do have to match it up with an email address. Very true. I've used Chomp in the past, didn't like it. Haven't used Textra.

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

BBM is based on having an extra layer of security that other chat clients don't have. If I need to send a text, I'll just use the default messaging app.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Some of the default messaging apps suck on android. Either that or they're lacking.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

First, this is for the WP version. Second, you're asking BlackBerry to build a better app because a core function on the world's largest mobile OS sucks donkey cock. That's just rich.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yes the default sms function sucks on stock Android. It's bare bones. I know this is for the WP version. I can read.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

If that's the case, then why are you even bringing up Android and their default messaging app if this article is about the Windows Phone version of BBM? And what exactly is BlackBerry supposed to do about "fixing" the default messaging app on Android? Those are valid questions.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Wanting BBM to be used as an sms client is a valid request. That was pretty clear in my comment.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

And I posted a link proving that it can now be used similarly. However, wanting BlackBerry to fix the sms client for Android that you deem 'sucks", as well as bringing up Android in a negative light has absolutely nothing to do with the article and therefore isn't "valid". The only thing that was "pretty clear" is that you trolled another OS that you don't like. In this case, it was Android. Android has nothing to do with you 'wanting BBM to be used as an sms client.

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

How was that bringing Android into a negative light? I said SOME of the sms apps suck. I didn't say they all did. Maybe you shouldn't jump the gun.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Comment #10. You also said "the default messaging app on Android sucks". That's bringing Android into a negative light. Especially when Android isn't mentioned in the article. How about you own up to your BS for once?

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

*default sms app

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Actually I see default SMS app not messaging. Again I wasn't bringing Android into a negative light. I see you were just waiting for the off chance of finding something to pick a fight about.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Actually, I corrected myself and said default sms app. I know you saw it. And yes, a cheap pot shot and saying that the default sms app on Android sucks is bringing Android into a negative light. You basically trolled Android. I don't need a reason to pick a fight with you, Mxy. All I'm doing here is pointing out a fact.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Apparently reading comprehension isn't working for you here. I said the default SMS app on STOCK Android sucks. Before that I said SOME of the default SMS apps suck. Nowhere was I trying to bring Android into a negative light.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

So you're trying to say that stock Android isn't Android? You're grasping at straws now. Own up to you're trolling. That's it.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Are you being this dense on purpose? Where did I say stock Android isn't Android?

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Are you still being a coward on purpose? Stop trying to change the subject and own up to your BS.

12. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

As if the default messaging on your beloved iOS os any better. Stop trying to find new ways to troll. This article has nothing to do with Android so why even bring it up?

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

How about you actually address the comment instead?

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Btw meanest brought up android.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

I didn't "bring up" Android. I posted a valid link to your statement that had information about the BBM update which now includes a way you that you can message individuals that don't have BBM. YOU started with the Android bashing, as usual.

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I asked for a way to use BBM as an sms client. You were the first to bring up Android through the link you posted. I didn't bash anything.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

You asked for a way for BBM to be used as an sms client and I provided a link showing how it can be used as such. You bashed Android when you said the sms client sucks.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I said SOME of the stock SMS client sucks. Learn to read. That's after you posted your link. I didn't bash Android.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

posted onyesterday, 06:40in response to #9 10. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 5847; Member since: 21 Apr 2012) Yes the default sms function sucks on stock Android. It's bare bones. I know this is for the WP version. I can read. Point out where you said SOME in this comment. I'll wait.... I'm obviously referring to this comment. Reading comprehension clearly isn't your strong point. Stop being a coward and own up to what you did.

33. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh don't try and change your story now. Why don't you just admit you were wrong?

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