Back at DEVCON 2010, RIM announced the BBM Social Platform for BlackBerry developers. Today RIM made it available in open beta! While this wasn’t the press release I was waiting for from RIM, it is great news for developers. The new BBM SDK will allow developers to:
- 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 application activity or storing trophies and achievements;
- initiate and embed chats with friends;
- initiate application-to-application background communication through BBM for sending and receiving application instructions, such as moves in a game or any other application state changes;
- initiate file transfers;
- the ability to share applications virally with friends in their contact list.