BlackBerry 10 Bandwagon Begins With ooVoo, Cisco WebEx Apps
Cisco, SAP, Box, and digital dictation specialist BigHand are just a few of the companies with applications available for BlackBerry 10 at launch.With BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) on the verge of a critical comeback with the launch of its latest operating system, BlackBerry 10, third-party application developers are releasing a slew of apps designed for the platform, including ooVoo, which offers an HD video communications service, as well as apps from Cisco, SAP and content-sharing specialist Box. The BlackBerry 10 platform allows the ooVoo service to integrate with voice, video and the BlackBerry 10 browser, giving users a multiplatform solution for video chat and instant messaging and allowing 12 contacts to connect at the same time. The app will be integrated into the basic calling functionality in BlackBerry 10, making it possible for customers to flow directly from a voice call to an ooVoo video call. In addition, a Watch Together feature lets users have group video viewing experiences within video calls. ooVoo's customers can incorporate video calling with contacts for opinions in real time. The independent social video chat provider currently boasts 66 million registered subscribers, according to a company release. "As a leader in communications, we understand the importance of bringing people together in an innovative way that is easy to use," RIM’s vice president of global alliances and business development Martyn Mallick said in a statement. "ooVoo will be a fantastic choice for BlackBerry 10 customers looking for a multi-user video communications service that can connect them to their contacts on virtually any computer or mobile device, and we are pleased to work with ooVoo to help bring their service to our customers."
Cisco, SAP, Box, communications provider Truphone and digital dictation specialist BigHand are just a few of the companies whose applications will be available for BlackBerry 10 at launch. Ahead of the platform’s release, developers were provided with toolkits that included the BlackBerry 10 Native software development kit (SDK) with Cascades to create graphically rich native apps in C/C++ or the Qt Modeling Language (QML), and the BlackBerry 10 WebWorks SDK for HTML5 developers.