Canadian smartphone giant Research In Motion (RIM) has announced that native video chat support is coming soon to its newly launched BlackBerry PlayBook slate.
RIM revealed that the feature would be officially showcased at the BlackBerry World 2011 expo currently taking place in Florida and is expected to be released today to via an over the air update to existing PlayBook customers and also on the BlackBerry App World software marketplace.
The announcement comes merely days after Google also announced that it would be bringing video chat capabilities to the Google Talk application on supported Android devices.
It’s not clear whether or not the video chat application would also be coming to existing BlackBerry smartphones, which run on BlackBerry OS rather than QNX which powers the PlayBook. Nonetheless, it is welcome addition for early adopters of the slate, which managed to rake in respectful sales figures since its release stateside despite a lukewarm reception with the critics.
RIM will be hoping that video chat will entice teenagers and BlackBerry Messenger fans alike to get onboard with the slate, while persuade business users who may be on the fence between the PlayBook and Apple’s iPad 2, which supports video chat via the same FaceTime service as the iPhone 4.
Meanwhile, a native Facebook application for the PlayBook has also been released and is downloadable right now from BlackBerry App World.
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