BlackBerry has been rolling out the beta version of BBM Video over the past few weeks. The feature has already been introduced in the United States and Canada, it enables people using iPhones and Android devices to make video calls to each other. The feature is already available to BlackBerry 10 OS users. The company has announced that BlackBerry Messenger video calling is now live in the Asia-Pacific region.
Starting today, BBM users in the Asia-Pacific will see the BBM Video beta feature in BBM automatically. This is the final phase of the company’s systematic rollout of the video calling feature in beta. It points out that the Asia-Pacific is home to its largest base of users.
BlackBerry said that it wanted to release the beta in smaller markets first to ensure that any issues that come up are addressed before the feature is opened up to the company’s largest user base. It’s stable now and that’s why BBM Video is being rolled out globally now.
All you need to use BBM Video is an Android device running version 4.4 KitKat and above or an iOS device running iOS 8 and above. A BBM contact is also required, the contact’s device must also meet the minimum requirements for this feature to work.
The company has also said that it’s planning a large BBM release for this summer which will bring some new features like phone number registration, expanded message retraction, improvements to group chats, and more.