The upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook has, among many other features, a front facing camera that will allow its users to engage in video calling. While many thought its third party apps such as Skype would make it to the Playbook to enable video calling, RIM surprised everyone by introducing its own video calling app that aims to make the best use of that front facing camera.
Hardly any tablets got to see the light of day without a webcam integrated in the front. This was highly advertised to counter the Apple iPad which lacked a front-facing camera. In fact, the omission of a built-in camera in the original iPad was so glaring that Apple made sure the new iPad 2 included one. As a result, FaceTime happens to be one of the USP’s of the new iPad 2.
Further details of the app are pending, as is a video demonstrating the new app. The latter will be made available as we approach the Playbook’s launch schedule.