Yup, BlackBerry are still in the smartphone fight for Android and iOS, more specifically in the social messenger ring battling the likes of Skype, Viber, Hangouts and Facebook Messenger with BBM.
It has been available on BlackBerry 10 for a while now but since BBM has Android and iOS clients, they just had to add that feature there too, due to popular demand. Here’s a demo of how it works on BB10:
In a blog post, Matthew Talbot, Senior Vice President – Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry said,
“Mobile video conferencing is now a reality. Globally, mobile bandwidth is increasing with the rollout of 4G networks, and devices now have the cameras, software and power that make it possible. Sure, there are some scenarios where good, old-fashioned voice is the better solution. But increasingly, video is taking over as our no. 1 communication technology.”
BBM video calling also allows for screen sharing amongst call participants (*cough* Skype *cough) has been introduced as a beta version to users on Android and iOS in the USA and Canada first, and will roll it globally in July. You need Android 4.4 (KitKat) and higher or iOS 8 and higher to access it.