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?