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Persistent notification now optional in latest beta build.

It has been a long and shaky road for BBM's released on Android, but there may be a little more hope now as beta testers of the app have just received a new version to try out. Members of the beta testing group report that the updated version of BBM has a new welcome screen explaining functions, as well as an overall refreshed UI that has several improvements.

That nagging persistent notification can now be turned off in the settings as well, which alone is worthy of applause. Naturally the release of a new beta doesn't indicate that an official launch (no, for real this time) is imminent, but it at least indicates that the wheels are turning over at BlackBerry.

Source: CrackBerry

 
There are 85 comments

alfiej says:

-__-

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skyboxer says:

I refuse to get excited until it's released.

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Bayu Sanjaya says:

+1 hahaha

crester says:

+2

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dcviper says:

if ever...

Rockee kun says:

Lol me 2

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brendilon says:

I refuse to get excited until it does something better than Hangouts.

Troothdotcom says:

This app just wont die, is there such a thing as a zombie app?

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dcviper says:

dannyd86 says:

Some of the most popular articles android central has had in a long time (contests aside). Same over at imore, both seeing huge spikes.

So definitely a lot of interest, good or bad is still good.

Rehzonance says:

So it's going to be in testing for the next 2 to 4 weeks...great -_-

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Mayoo614 says:

Meaning it will be ready probably when they announce 4.4?

All togheter now : MEH

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Nucleotide says:

Meh!

luqman24 says:

Oh god here we go again...

XavierMatt says:

Lol this.

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dannyd86 says:

Potential new owners of the company shaking things up it seems. Just wait till its ready and do it right.

BlackBerry isn't sold yet, so whatever is going on has nothing to do with any "potential new owners".

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dannyd86 says:

Considering they had enough influence to manipulate the stock price down so it came within there purchase offer. I think BBM is well within possibility.

rivum says:

you really don't understand basic economic theory and it's impact on the stock market at all, do you?

dannyd86 says:

Blackberry released there quarterly report unannounced ahead of schedule. Reporting 1 billion in losses. Stock took a big hit obviously. And once it dropped to 8$ they announced it was being sold for 9$ a share.

Not a coincidence in my, legal white collar crimes. Prem Watsa has been on the board forever.

crester says:

I'm honestly not sure if I care anymore :-\

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benurd says:

I'm sure and I don't care

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Mrshades says:

Good lord, make it stop!

I get it, it's a good idea. I also get that there are many apps like it. I would understand the hoopla if it was the first of it's kind. Like... iOS 7 status bar notifications... :/

Bill Hill1 says:

Kill it with fire!

stvo says:

+10000

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XavierMatt says:

Lmao

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AndroidCalls says:

BBM would make it to windows if anywhere before it comes to Android.

wsmather says:

Thanks for letting us know.

BB_Bmore says:

I just want it already. I'm back using kik for now.

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Jay Holm says:

BlackBerry died 3yrs ago.

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faruki3192 says:

Bbm needs to be official already

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red.foxx15 says:

This seems to give credit to the " it wasn't ready so let's use a leak as an excuse" theory

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Rockee kun says:

Ikr!!!

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shoman24v says:

Please tell me why everyone is excited over this?

Because BBM is a messenger where you can control your contacts by the way of accepting and denying requests, you can track recent updates of your contacts, ping feature, barcode facility, inbuilt call feature, sorted UI, limited but useful smileys...
Yeah right,Nothing much to get one excited.

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tonymhoffman says:

I can do most of that with my phone..

Watch this.

When I don't want to accept a contact I don't give them my number when I do I give it to them.

Even has built in calling capabilities and when I need updates to track for my contacts I call them and ask them what's new.

My keyboard has the only emojis the world cares about and that's ios6

The excitement over this app is pointless to me. Its like getting excited over AIM

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*yawn* I hate whatsapp because ANYONE who has my number can message me. Just because I give my number to clients and potential clients doesn't mean I want them to see when I was last online, or be able to instant message me expecting me to write them about work over a messaging app. That's why BBM for me will be a good choice.

Word.

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dchawk81 says:

Except they have to have BBM too. I'm not going to tell my clients to install BBM (or any other messaging client) so they can communicate with me. I'm going to text them or vice versa.

Mayoo614 says:

Or emails...

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dchawk81 says:

Yay.*

*Note the use of a period, not an exclamation point.

Isa Anshari says:

Behhh

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Beh

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Why blackberry?? :(

wordpuddles says:

Uhhhh....oh yeah ben affleck is gonna be batman..

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Yash Ostwal says:

Not excited anymore! I hope even this version leaks out!

Rockee kun says:

Hahaha

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benurd says:

It will!

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qgqlewis says:

I bet that when it is first released, everyone is gonna play with it, but give it a couple weeks or so and the number of people that use it will drop off drastically. And even more so when they start charging to use it.

tfc ninja says:

How do I become a beta tester for bbm?

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mhinc says:

You don't. Only a small group of Employees and family and friends of employees are beta testing.

Would love to try this app

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Grt news

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They must be working on this app in someones garage since BB is busy trying to sell their building & emptying offices.

Hmm, that could explain the failed launch. Maybe the wi-fi at the local Tim Horton's was down that day.

perdou says:

Bahhhh I so don't care now. When it's there I'll care.

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Scotty Doo says:

I have noticed that on the version number 71 at the bottom it says "this should be classed as an external release candidate" that means to be me they can release this version now. Much like Microsoft do with rc's for Windows.

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mhinc says:

Maybe they should beta test with a group OTHER than employees and family. Come on! This could have all been avoided the first time if they had a group of good Beta Testers that knew Android!

dharmik28 says:

How can i signup for beta version

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typical blackberry. the app was never ready.no wonder the company is going down

jackinit says:

Delayed just like BB os 10. Too little, too late.

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NoNexus says:

Wow those millions of people that had the leaked version really screwed everything up.

Took the servers down, screwed the UI all up.

It must have been one hell of a beta leak

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Mcwong says:

That's only an excuse and cover up the fact the app was not ready for rollout.

will1881 says:

it took them this whole ordeal of leaked this and failed launch...for them to remove the notification. they should have known that in the first place..that's how dumb bb are.

Bahamaboy99 says:

Honestly,dont care anymore!

mzanette says:

LOL, good old Blackberry. They went from "this is being released Sept 20th! to "back to beta boys!!!" What a joke.

planoman says:

nada más acerca de esta mierda

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Droid Stew says:

Not sure what all the 'hate' is about. For those of us that had a BB for a long time understand the efficient messaging that BBM brings. I still care about this release.

I'm still moderately interested in BBM, but this failed launch really undermines my confidence in the company, if I had any left, that is.

First they said that the problem was that the leaked version overwhelmed their servers, and they needed to reconfigure them to deny that version access. I get that. But now we're back to a beta release, which indicates to me that the version that would've been released wasn't ready, assuming they were about to release it at all. And the utter lack of information from the company is also disheartening. I can forgive them for having problems, but just tell us something...anything.

Jamma3 says:

This proves the app was never ready...then instead of saying so, they lied and blame the leaked version they release. Company is a joke...it will soon be over.

Nord1n says:

Now the Beta can be tested, and than we will get a release date somewhere in 2014.. -__-

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mjasims says:

Well the delay and these changes suggest that it wasn't a faulty pre-final app that caused Blackberry to stop the rollout but that the app they created was buggy and not ready to be released.

So bad that Blackberry that is already in trouble due to low public confidence pulls a stunt like this. I've never used BBM so was a bit excited to give it a try now even if they release the app I'll wait and see what people have to say about it before I use it. You never know it might have bugs that makes me device unstable coz I wouldn't put it past them.

+100

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sglscovill says:

I think BlackBerry is regrouping and now going to concentrate on BBM and their network. The digital devices they were producing just weren't selling so now it is time to save the of only 2 things of any value. BlackBerry + BYOD might actually save what left of this company.

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apparently apple has bought bbm according to twitter...

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G_The_One says:

I am so excited about the imminent announcement of the Nexus 5 and learning more about KitKat!

Oh, did someone say something about BBM for Android? Yawn

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BB_Bmore says:

Can't wait for it to be out just so I don't have to read all the Android fanboi hate comments. You guys should never want a company to "die" Competition fuels innovation and the consumer wins in the end. I want as many players in the industry as possible. Also I am looking forward to using bbm for android. If it's anything like on bb it will be the best messaging app in google play.

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dchawk81 says:

People don't actually want Blackberry to die. They want Blackberry to actually release stuff.

dchawk81 says:

People don't actually want Blackberry to die. They want Blackberry to actually release stuff.

5 years to late got whatt's app.

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faruki3192 says:

When is it coming out officially

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phonegeek says:

The reality is that Blackberry wasn't ready for launch. Just another failed launch by failed company...

PG

mzanette says:

This song is dedicated to BBM cross-platform: http://youtu.be/84TB8C50nos

Blackberry screwed the pooch badly

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ralbers1701 says:

As much as I love all my gadgets, Motorola Atrix HD and Google Nexus 7, I admit to being a technology moron. What exactly is BBM and why would I want it on my Android device?

I got rid of my old BlackBerry in favor of an Android for a reason. I didn't even use BBM when I did have a BlackBerry.