Research in Motion announces new PlayBook apps

Facebook and video calling come to RIMs new tablet device

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Research in Motion announces new PlayBook apps Research in Motion has announced two new apps for the BlackBerry Playbook, a Facebook app and PlayBook Video Chat. (Getty Images)
By  Georgina Enzer Published  May 3, 2011

Research In Motion has announced two new applications for the PlayBook, Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook and the BlackBerry PlayBook Video Chat application.

The Facebook app optimises the social networking site for the 7-inch screen and delivers the most popular features of Facebook.

The new PlayBook Video Call app allows PlayBook users to place and receive video calls between BlackBerry PlayBook tablet devices over the Wi-Fi network.

Users of the Facebook app can view and add friends, view, upload and tag photos and videos from the PlayBook, connect with Facebook Chat and view and interact with the news feed.

Users can also plug their PlayBook into a HD TV to view Facebook pictures and video.

"There are over 30 million users of our Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones app who are staying in touch with their social network while on the go," said Tom Goguen, VP, Collaboration and Social Networking at Research In Motion, "Now with Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook we can also offer customers highly engaging social experiences optimised for the PlayBook including the ability to share Facebook pictures and videos with friends and family on an HDTV."

The PlayBook Video Chat app allows one-click video and voice calls over any Wi-Fi network using the contact list on the PlayBook device, log of recent calls or by entering the BBID email address of the person they want to call.

"BlackBerry is a renowned mobile communication solution for connecting users to the people and information that matter most throughout their day," said Goguen. "With the BlackBerry PlayBook Video Chat application we are excited to be enabling our customers to share important moments and events with family and friends via video calls.  With the BlackBerry PlayBook's high-resolution video cameras and stunning display, a Video Chat call is the next best thing to being there."

Users with the app will also receive incoming call notifications or pop-ups when a new video call comes in, allowing them to accept the call as either a video or voice call, or decline the call.

Users can also set a ‘Do Not Disturb' option for when they do not wish to be bothered by calls and the PlayBook will ignore all incoming calls.

The PlayBook Video Chat also features several in-call functions such as the picture-in-picture function, which is designed to allow users to preview their own video image prior to placing the call in order to see what will be displayed on the other end.

Users can also switch between the front and rear cameras to give the other person on the call a view of what they are seeing.

BlackBerry PlayBook Video Chat also comes with a Friends List for maintaining your contacts. A picture can be assigned to a contact to personalise the entry and a Call Log makes it simple to keep track of received and missed calls.

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