BBM Video: Top 5 Things You Should Know

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Arguably, the most significant BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) innovation on BlackBerry 10 is the Video Chat feature. Built on multifaceted technology, BBM Video is intended to provide BlackBerry 10 users with a first-in-class video chat agent. As you start exploring BBM Video, keep these key points in mind to help optimize your BlackBerry 10 experience:

  1. Seamless transition between text and video. It’s extremely easy to initiate a video chat with a BBM contact. When in a text-based BBM conversation, simply tap the video icon on the chat screen to start talking face-to-face. BAM!
  2. Screen Share. In addition to being able to make audio and video calls through BBM, you can share the screen of your BlackBerry 10 device while continuing your conversation. This allows you to chat in real time about a photo album, business document or website.
  3. High quality audio. BBM Video has stereo and wide-band audio technology. This means that two people can talk at the same time without canceling each other out.
  4. Cinematic experience. You can rotate your BlackBerry 10 device while BBM video chatting. This way, you can share you surrounding in portrait or landscape mode when conversing with a contact face-to-face over BBM.
  5. Front or rear-facing cameras. When in BBM Video, you switch between the front or rear-facing cameras on your BlackBerry 10 device. Which lens is more slimming (ha!) – you pick!

Okay, now you can stop reading and start chatting. Let us know what you think about BBM Video in the comments below!

BlackBerry 10 Interview: T.A. McCann on the New BBM Video Chat and Screenshare

BlackBerry 10 is all about communication and keeping you moving when you’re on the go. The new BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones feature amazing and innovative technology that allows you to share your screen with your BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) contacts using BlackBerry 10. This was demoed for the first time at the BlackBerry 10 launch event, and it was undeniably a crowd pleaser.

To find out more about about this exciting news and the future of BBM, I met with T.A. McCann, VP, BBM and Social Communities of BlackBerry at the BlackBerry 10 launch event. He also let me know what his favorite sleeper feature in BlackBerry 10 is. Curious? Watch the interview here to find out.

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Big thanks to T.A. for the interview – I’m sure Matthew and the browser team appreciate the shoutout. What’s your favorite BlackBerry 10 sleeper feature?

First Look: BBM Video Chat on BlackBerry 10 featuring Screenshare

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The BlackBerry 10 launch event has already brought some amazing news. Now we’re looking at the new BBM Video Chat featuring Screenshare technology. This brings BBM, or BlackBerry Messenger, to the next level and highlights the essence of BlackBerry 10 – real-time communication. Here at the event, Vivek made the first public BBM Video Chat live from New York City to London, England, meeting face-to-face with Andrew Bocking, SVP, Software Product Management at BlackBerry.

Imagine also being able to share your screen with friends and family as you walk them through a photo album – or with colleagues as you walk through a document or presentation – all while still staying on the call. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

To see it in action for yourself, checkout this walkthrough with Vivek:

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What do you think about BBM Video Chat featuring Screenshare? Who will be the first person you video chat with?