This was hopefully a no brainer for RIM but Thorsten Heins confirmed during the shareholders meeting today that RIM will not be slouching with BBM on BlackBerry 10. They plan on packing in video chat into BBM along with its other features. It will work sort of like it does now on the PlayBook with PIN and BBID’s. Hopefully RIM also extends it with a desktop client to round it out. The Verge was kind enough to transcribe what Heins said:
With upgrading it into a new experience, think about adding features on BB10 such as video chat, for example, within BBM. There’s many other features to come with BB10 that will really level this BBM experience, which is good today, right? It’s still the major used social network in Asia Pac, which will upgrade that experience to a whole new social networking experience based on BBM. That’s why we want to build on that strength, and that’s why we don’t want to share that strength. We believe this is something that is very unique to us, that is very strong in our portfolio, and we want to use this to build a BlackBerry-driven social networking platform.
Hopefully carriers don’t try to limit this to Wi-Fi only and RIM does some of its video compression magic so we don’t go over our data limits. Kudos to CrackBerry for the screenshot in an older leak.