- Apr 7, 2011
The BlackBerry PlayBook Video Chat app will be available on May 3, according to RIM, allowing for one-click video calls between PlayBooks using Wi-Fi networks. The app also features a picture-in-picture display, its own contact list, and a call log, among other ordinary phone-call-type features.
We criticized the BlackBerry PlayBook on its launch for being incomplete. It didn't have email, calendar, or a contacts list; it also lacked a native software developer's kit. Video chat was another missing app, but that lacuna is now filled.
We'll get a demo of the new video chat app today at the BlackBerry World trade show.
Another upcoming app is Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook, which will provide the social-networking experience optimized for 7-inch tablets, RIM said.
Earlier today, RIM also announced two powerful new BlackBerry phones with high-res touch screens, fast 1.2GHz processors, and a new OS that offers better graphics than BlackBerries had before.
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 are the HSPA (AT&T/T-Mobile) and CDMA/HSPA+ (Verizon/Sprint global) versions of the same thing: a stretched-out BlackBerry Bold with a 2.8-inch, 640-by-480 touchscreen. That isn't high resolution compared to other top-of-the-line smartphones, but it's a very rich, dense screen for its small size.