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Tech giant launches video calling for BBM

With this new app, BBM users will soon be able to make video calls on their devices via BlackBerry Messenger services across all platforms.

BlackBerry to monetize BBM

Media reports reveal that Canadian tech giant, BlackBerry, has launched a new application for BBM video. The app is currently in its beta form and is only available to Android  users in Canada and the US for now.

According to Innovation Village, the beta app will also make its way to iOS devices in the not too distant future.

With this new app, BBM users will soon be able to make video calls on their devices via BlackBerry Messenger services across all platforms.

For users in the regions of the world where the beta app is currently available, BlackBerry says it will require an Android device running Android 4.4 or above, and iOS devices running iOS 9 or above.

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"BBM users have been clamoring for video calling (as you reminded me in your comments on my recent BBM: Getting Better All the Time post). We’re thrilled to announce that video is almost ready for primetime; today we’ve launched it (see right) as a beta feature for Android, as part of the latest version of BBM. Update your BBM today to get it. Video calling for iPhone and iPad users is also coming soon.

Please note we’re initially limiting availability because this is the first time we’re launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally," explains BlackBerry in a blog post.

There is no information on whether the beta will make its way to emerging markets, but the company plans to launch the full version of the new feature all over the world by July.

Would you like to see this feature? DO you think it’s a great plus for BBM if you can make video calls via the platform? Let me know in the comments below.

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