BlackBerry is hoping to find some relevance on other platforms.
If you were one of the "lucky" people that signed up for the BlackBerry Messenger beta on Windows Phone not too long ago, then you're in for a treat. BlackBerry has finally allowed those verified testers to download the app from the Windows Phone store.
Our friends from WinBeta first spotted the availability of the app, and posted a list of "known bugs" that users can expect on first use:
- Invites and acceptances don’t send when Windows Phone goes out of WiFi coverage
- A few newer emoticons are not rendering properly (i.e *brrrr*, and *flex* and @-@)
- Windows Phone shows as available for BBM Voice call, even though the feature is not supported (seen on Android and iOS, not BlackBerry 10)
- Error popup appears when using “Find Friends” and the “OK” button is selected
- Suggested Contacts tab only shows users already using BBM, but lists them as potential contacts when BBM is initially launched
Unfortunately, others who didn't register a "BetaZone ID" at BlackBerry right away will still get a message that the "app can't be downloaded" from the Windows Phone store.
The closed beta is still closed.
Even when attempting to register a BetaZone ID and then looking through the available programs being offered, you'll find that the BBM for Windows Phone program is not listed, and the page to register for that beta has been disabled.
Aside from the few who got into the beta early, everyone else will have to wait to help keep BlackBerry relevant on a different platform.