PlayBook to Get Video Chat and Facebook App

Posted by at 3:15 pm on May 2, 2011

RIM, as part of its BlackBerry World intro, detailed plans for two major apps to help round out the feature set for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The tablet is now finally getting an official Video Chat app that will let owners make two way calls between other PlayBook owners on Wi-Fi. Calls can handle both front and back cameras and, like FaceTime, can take incoming calls without having the app running.

The friends list here is tied to a BlackBerry ID but separate from regular BlackBerry contacts due partly to the lack of a native contacts app. Owners can still set the system to a “do not disturb” mode that will ignore calls when involved in something else.

The Facebook app provides a more optimized view of the social network that can use all of its media and live features, including photos and even 1080p video viewing. Media playback is optimized for the HDMI video out, Facebook said. Both Facebook Chat and full friend interaction should work.

Video Chat will be available on May 3, while the finished Facebook app should be available sometime later in the month.

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