Wednesday, 16 March 2011 17:41

BlackBerry Messenger Social Platform goes beta

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First announced last September, the BlackBerry Messenger Social Platform has now gone into beta testing. BBM Social Platform allows app developers to create software that takes advantage of the social connectivity infrastructure RIM built for BlackBerry Messenger.


BBM Social Platform gives developers access to chat, content sharing, invitations, contact lists, user profiles, and application-specific groups.

At the time of the announcement, RIM's senior vice president for the BlackBerry platform Alan Brenner said "The BlackBerry developer community has been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to integrate BlackBerry Messenger with their apps. BBM is a very popular service with over 28 million users and opening its real-time social connectivity to third party applications presents incredible opportunities."

He added "Access to BBM services from within apps will revolutionise gaming, enhance multimedia experiences, and add a new dimension to location based applications."

BBM now has more than 35 million active users.

The beta release gives developers access to the API and simulators for BlackBerry OS 5.0 and 6.0. The next step, scheduled for next month, will be the addition of full support for BlackBerry WebWorks (RIM's platform for developing BlackBerry apps in Eclipse or Visual Studio).

The SSM SDK and other details are available via this page.

 


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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