• BBM Channels Beta Receives A Huge Update In The Beta Zone - Includes Private Channels, New Layout



    The BlackBerry Beta Zone has released a huge update to the BBM/Channels Beta today. The change log is pretty long so make sure you check it out below.

    Download the update via the BlackBerry Beta Zone!

    • Search Enhancements: Users can now join a channel straight from the search results page! Check out the new indicators in your search results to learn information like number of subscribers right from search!
    • Channel Categories: Users can now specify a category when creating a channel!
    • Enhanced Stats Screen: Channel owners now have more detail on how subscribers joined with a new, fresh-looking UI.
    • Geolocation Prompt: BBM Channels now prompts users for consent to use their location to enhance search results and channel discovery.
    • Private Channels: create a channel for just you, and select friends and family! You can now create private channels, limiting access to only those invited by the channel owner.
    • Upload pictures of all sizes(BlackBerry 10 Only, already available in BBOS): square photos hindering your posts? Now you will not need to crop or edit images before posting from the device!
    • Notification Banner (BlackBerry 10 Only, already available in BBOS): receive notifications within BBM Channels when someone replies to your comments or comments on your channel!
    • Favorite Channels (BlackBerry 10 Only, already available in BBOS): you can now select channels as favourites to receive notifications each time your favourite channel publishes new posts!
    • Moderate Inappropriate Comments & Posts: channel owners will now easily be able to manage channel feedback and easily remove complaints, comments, or posts all in one place!
    • New Channels Home Screen (BlackBerry 10 Only): easily discover the newest, hottest channels- when you open BBM Channels you will now see the featured channels and be easily able to switch between views.
    • Enhanced Channels Carousel (BlackBerry 10 Only): Channels carousel has a new look and feel! Featured channels now have their own tab and users have direct access to search right from the main BBM Channels screen.
    • Channels Restriction by Age and Location: configured from the CMC, channel owners can now restrict access to their channel to users from specific countries or below a certain age.
    • Improvements to Updates Feed:avatar updates experience enhanced: when your contacts change their display picture you will now be notified in the updates feed and be able to view the image in large format.


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