It’s BlackBerry now offering the way to make video calls directly on your iOS and Android platform, as there are several other solutions for that since Skype, Hangouts and Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp been letting you. Fans of BlackBerry will be pleased to learn that the company has today announced that not only BBM Video calling on its way to both iOS and Android this July, but those living in the United States and Canada gets a chance to try it right now, albeit in beta form.
BlackBerry’s BBM for both Android and iOS released back in 2013, allowing those who still have friends within the BlackBerry ecosystem to send and receive text-based messages with them lively. With BlackBerry 10 users having already received video messaging that works with other BB10 users, bringing video calling to the two biggest smartphone platforms on the planet always made sense.
For now, BlackBerry is allowing those within the U.S. and Canada to use the BBM Video chat beta service today which requires no approval or new download in order to work as the feature is baked into latest version of the BBM app available on the App Store and Google Play, but those will be unhappy who either don’t like the idea of using something with a beta tag or simply don’t live in the right part of the world will be able to get their hands on BBM Video within BBM this coming July, according to the company.
There is no sign-up or a fee to get approval for this feature and BBM is one of the few BlackBerry apps that a lot of folks still use, though its secure reputation took a hit with reports that the RCMP had unfettered access to user data. BlackBerry has its own Android-powered device now, so it makes a lot of sense to keep the Android and iOS versions current with the BlackBerry 10 version. Nevertheless, it may initially seem like bringing feature parity to iOS and Android devices makes little sense for BBM, it’s worth remembering that BlackBerry does have its own with others presumably on the way.
With that in mind, having those using clients runnong on the given platforms other than BlackBerry 10 makes plenty of sense moving forward.
If you still haven’t jumped ship, it’s now available in the US and Canada. Luckily BlackBerry decided to break from the norm this time around!
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