Beta Release For BlackBerry Social Platform
- Share real time experiences
- Embed chats with friends
- Build functions into Apps
BlackBerry Messenger’s Social Platform has finally gone into public beta, which means that the BlackBerry developer community can now take advantage of the social aspects of the service, claims Research In Motion, the makers of Blackberry.
With this beta release, Java developers have access to APIs and features that allow them to build functions into their applications. They are user permission-based and include accessing and updating fields in the user’s profile, creating custom areas within the user’s profile, initiating and embedding chats with friends, initiating file transfers and sharing applications virally with friends in their contact list.
Developers also have the ability to test the exact workflow and BBM integration that they can expect to see on a live device. This is made possible by special simulators for BlackBerry smartphone OS 5.0 and 6.0.
More developers will use features of the BBM Social Platform starting in April 2011 when full support for the BlackBerry WebWorks platform is planned to be added.
The end user's experience can be extended beyond messaging/chat to a new breed of socially engaging apps including multimedia, gaming, location-based services (LBS), VoIP, video and commerce.
Users gain the ability to discover new apps with friends and share real-time experiences and content with their inner circle.