WATERLOO, ONTARIO – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced the availability of the BlackBerry(R) PlayBook(TM) Video Chat application – an easy and fun way for friends and family to place and receive video calls between BlackBerry(R) PlayBook(TM) tablets over an internet connected Wi-Fi(R) network.
“BlackBerry is a renowned mobile communication solution for connecting users to the people and information that matter most throughout their day,” said Tom Goguen, VP, Collaboration and Social Networking at Research In Motion (RIM). “With the BlackBerry PlayBook Video Chat application we are excited to be enabling our customers to share important moments and events with family and friends via video calls. With the BlackBerry PlayBook’s high-resolution video cameras and stunning display, a Video Chat call is the next best thing to being there.”
Key features of the PlayBook Video Chat application include:
- One-Click Video and Voice over Wi-Fi Calls – with just one click users
can make a call from their Video Chat contact list, log of recent calls
or simply by entering the BBID email address of the person they want to
- Incoming Call Notifications – users will receive a notification pop-up
when a new video call comes in, allowing them to accept the call as
either a video or voice call, or decline the call. For those quiet
moments – such as when while watching a movie or playing a game -users
will also have the ability to simply set the “Do Not Disturb” option and
the BlackBerry PlayBook will automatically ignore all incoming calls.
- Powerful In-Call Functions – by using the picture-in-picture function
users can easily preview their own video image prior to placing the call
in order to see what will be displayed on the other end. They can also
easily switch cameras from front to rear so their friends can see what
they are seeing, and for private moments users can mute/unmute audio or
make or take calls using voice only.
- Friends List – BlackBerry PlayBook Video Chat comes complete with a
Friends List for maintaining your favorite contacts. A picture can
easily be added to a contact to personalize the entry and a Call Log
makes it simple to keep track of received and missed calls.
The BlackBerry PlayBook Video Chat application will be showcased this week at BlackBerry World 2011 (www.blackberryworld.com) in Orlando FL. It is expected to be available on May 3 and will be distributed to existing BlackBerry PlayBook customers through an over-the-air software update and will also be available on BlackBerry App World(TM).