If you have been a frequent reader of N4BB you’ll know that the Bold 9900 and 9930 will include a magnetometer, which will allow for augmented reality technology. We showed you the first app to support the magnetometer would be the native digital compass app. Now, the creators of Wikitude have announced today that these brand new devices will come pre-equipped with the Wikitude World Browser, which overlays information on what the user sees through the smartphone’s camera viewfinder.
“The Wikitude team is very excited to see its AR browser as part of BlackBerry’s new device proposition” said Martin Herdina, Wikitude’s CEO. “BlackBerry’s Super Apps concept is the perfect environment for Wikitude to show its full potential as it seamlessly integrates with other applications on the device”. Wikitude will pull more than 150 million geo-referenced places from Twitter, Facebook, and more. Wikitude will also include BBM support.
“Combining Wikitude with the overwhelmingly large user base of BBM around the world creates a completely new form of social interaction. This is the very first time that instant messaging is rolled out in AR on such a large scale” says Andy Gstoll, Chief Marketing Officer at Wikitude.