Research In Motion had already shown off some screenshots with the ooVoo icon. Now, the two companies have formally announced that the ooVoo video chat and IM solution will launch on BlackBerry 10.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK and WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – January 29, 2013) – ooVoo, one of the largest independent social video chat provider with 66 million registered subscribers, and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM)(TSX: RIM) today announced that ooVoo will bring its next-generation HD video communications service to the BlackBerry® 10 platform.
The BlackBerry 10 platform allows the ooVoo service to easily integrate with voice, video and the remarkably fast BlackBerry 10 browser, which will give BlackBerry 10 customers a multiplatform solution for video chat and instant messaging with friends, family and colleagues. With ooVoo, up to 12 contacts can connect at the same time, allowing customers to stay connected and share experiences.
“ooVoo serves more than one billion minutes of video each month to subscribers. By bringing ooVoo HD video chat to the BlackBerry 10 platform BlackBerry 10 customers will be able to video chat and share videos anytime with the millions of ooVoo’s daily active users on virtually any mobile or desktop platform,” said Jay Samit, President of ooVoo.
ooVoo will be integrated into the basic calling functionality in BlackBerry 10, making it easy for customers to flow directly from a voice call to an ooVoo video call. ooVoo’s cloud-based service provides remarkable video quality. BlackBerry 10 customers will be able to chat cross-platform, and take advantage of the social features that ooVoo provides, for free(i).
“As a leader in communications, we understand the importance of bringing people together in an innovative way that is easy to use,” said Martyn Mallick, Vice President Global Alliances and Business Development at Research In Motion. “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.”
ooVoo’s innovative Watch Together™ feature allows customers to have group video viewing experiences within video calls. ooVoo’s customers can incorporate video calling with friends and family into their daily lives by, for example, bringing friends along on shopping trips through ooVoo to get real-time opinions on choices, or mommy group members showing the latest happenings – whether milestone or mysterious spots – for opinions in real-time.
Pricing and Availability
ooVoo is a free service, and will be offered for BlackBerry 10 smartphones on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront later this year.
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About Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visitwww.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
About ooVoo, LLC
ooVoo provides a high-quality, free, social video chat service and integrated instant messaging for more than 66 million registered users worldwide. Bringing multi-party HD video chat to users around the world, ooVoo enables people to connect with their friends, family and community via 12-way video chat over the Web, Facebook, desktop, any Android or iOS-based mobile or tablet device, and soon BlackBerry 10, using cloud-based connectivity. Named “Best of the Year” by PC Magazine in 2011, the free, award-winning ooVoo mobile app can be downloaded at www.ooVoo.com.
Headquartered in New York City, ooVoo is a privately-held company funded by Myrian Capital, a growth capital firm with investments in video communications, social media and advanced advertising, www.myriancapital.com. Follow ooVoo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ooVoo and through Twitter at www.twitter.com/ooVoo.
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