In response to a question at RIM’s annual shareholder conference on Tuesday, CEO Thorsten Heins confirmed that video chat will heavily feature in BBM when the company’s upcoming mobile OS hits early next year. Simply, Heins said, “Think about adding features on BB10 such as video chat, for example, within BBM.”
The messaging platform has become a stalwart for the Waterloo company, and a key strength as it looks to regain its footing against competitors like Android and iOS. Video chat is certainly nothing new, and it comes as a feature in pretty much every new device that comes to market. Even still, Heins believes RIM can “upgrade that experience” when combined with its BBM service, though it’s unclear how, exactly, the company plans to do it.
In addition, Heins has no desire whatsoever to share BBM with other companies: “We want to build on [BBM], and that’s why we don’t want to share that strength,” Heins said. “We believe this is something that is very unique to us, that is very strong in our portfolio.”
[via The Verge]