PlayBook to Get Its Own Video Conferencing App

PlayBook Video Conferencing

With the front and back cameras on the BlackBerry PlayBook you could easily tell RIM has video conferencing in mind. The big question has been if they would use a service like Skype to power it or go out on their own with something like Apple’s FaceTime. Al @CIO got some more information out of David Heit, RIM’s VP of enterprise strategy, learning that the PlayBook will use a new “peer to peer video conferencing app” and it is expected very soon.

This has me wondering if RIM will find a way to integrate a video chat feature with BBM. The sad part is that video chatting cannot really properly be done even with next generation BlackBerrys since they are rumored to not have front facing cameras. I am hoping that there will still be a Skype app for the PlayBook available at launch but I can see RIM trying to develop their own standard for enterprise video chatting. They really could get some traction with secure video chat if the PlayBook hits off.

What do you think?

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  1. It would be awesome if it could be integrated with BBM. And yes, future BB devices should have front facing camera! :D

  2. I think that RIMM should develop their own secure 3G/Wifi video chat integrated with BBM, BB calendar and memo pad to take notes during the video conference. That definitely would beat the inferior face time Apple offers.

  3. I just can’t wait for video calls

  4. It’s easy to get excited about video chat. But if it’s only to other Playbooks, it become pretty limiting. I’d also want to see a desktop client.

    There seems to be a lot of traction to getting Skype to HD TVs. So looking at a link from the Playbook to a home TV could be a win. That would also let enterprise use a network attached HD TV in a conference room for Video Chat as well.

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