BlackBerry Messenger Video Chat, App World Changes Rumored

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Even though RIM’s big BlackBerry 10 launch event is still two months away, the BlackBerry news continues to roll in, thanks to a regular stream of leaks and new rumors. Some of the newest to cross our desk include some new functionality coming to BlackBerry Messenger, and a name change in the works for BlackBerry App World.

A couple weeks back, we learned that BBM was getting a nice new feature for its latest beta release, upon the introduction of BBM Voice. Voice chat is well and good, but you can hardly help but think about its addition and not wonder if video chat might be the next logical step. Well, sure enough, there are some signs in the the most recent version of the app for BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha users that suggest RIM is cooking-up just such support. The app now creates a directory called “bbm_video” and there are already some support files that might be used alongside the feature. Maybe something will come of this, or maybe it won’t, but it looks like RIM is at least working along these lines.

As for App World, it looks like RIM could be headed down a similar path to the one Google took earlier this year when it re-branded the Android Market as the Google Play Store. Considering Google sold a lot more than just apps, the change, while nonetheless jarring at first, made a lot of sense. In the same vein, it looks like RIM is dropping the “App” and its store will just be called BlackBerry World.

Source: Berry Review, CrackBerry

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