Research In Motion today announced that BlackBerry Messenger Social Platform now officially moves into public beta. BlackBerry platform developers can now start adding social Super App features to their applications, leveraging all the power that the BBM Social Platform has to offer!
Included in this beta of the BBM Social Platform are special simulators for BlackBerry smartphone OS 5.0 and 6.0 that allow for simulation of BBM communication between two instances of the simulator. This gives developers the ability to test the exact workflow and BBM integration that they can expect to see on a live device.
While this current beta is for Java developers only, BlackBerry WebWorks developers will soon be able to get in on the action as well.
With this beta release, developers can accomplish the following:
- access and update fields in the user's profile such as status, avatar and personal message
- create their own custom areas within the user's profile for promoting recent app activity or storing trophies and achievements
- initiate and embed chats with friends
- initiate application-to-application background communication through BBM for sending and receiving app instructions, such as moves in a game or any other app state changes
- initiate file transfers
- the ability to share apps virally with friends in their contact list.
To get started with BBM beta and review all the features supported, be sure to check out the BlackBerry Developer Zone's BBM Social Platform page.