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Blackberry PlayBook Includes New Video Calling App

Research in Motion will be releasing its own video calling app for its upcoming BlackBerry Playbook tablet PC device, it has been revealed.

David Heit, RIM’s vice president of enterprise strategy, said that a peer-to-peer video calling app, which was being developed by RIM itself, will be released for the tablet PC device very soon.

The feature, which will utilise the 3 MP front facing camera on the device, will be launched in competition to Apple's FaceTime video conferencing app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

RIM's long-delayed tablet PC, which runs on a new operating system, will come with a 1 GHz dual core processor and will be offered initially in a Wi-Fi only version, with a 4G and Wi-Fi supporting model being introduced later.

The device also has a 5 MP camera at the back, supports multi-tasking and Adobe Flash capabilities, something which is noticeably absent from Apple's range of iOS devices including the iPad.

Many in the industry are no sure that RIM has what it takes to give competition to a company like Apple, whose new iPad 2 has tasted instant success.

“RIM does have a strong brand and cool appeal, which will benefit the company in the tablet space, but they will have to do something impressive in terms of managed services and content to win share away from iPad and Android tablets,” IMS Research analyst Anna Hunt told eWeek Europe.