Yesterday, Blackberry (the Canadian firm formerly known as Research In Motion) launched their next generation software Blackberry 10 (BB10) alongside the unveiling of the Z10. At the event, Blackberry also announced that video calling will be added to BBM.
Video calling using BBM has a cool feature that allows you to switch from front-facing camera to rear-facing camera. This will allow you to let the person you are chatting with see what you see.
Blackberry 10 also allows you to show whoever you are chatting with any app on your screen. This is ideal for colleagues discussing work or friends showing each other something they might be interested in.
The good news is, Blackberry Messenger will remain free. This is why Blackberry users prefer BBM to text messaging. This is exactly what Blackberry needs, since Android and Apple have launched their own mobile instant messaging services that offer video calling. Sadly, this has eaten away on the popularity of BBM.
BBM-like apps such as WhatsApp and Skype will also be arriving in Blackberry World. These apps threaten to pull down the Blackberry Messenger’s popularity once they run on Blackberry devices, which is why we find it strange why Blackberry included the apps in its online store.
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