Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB)/Blackberry is all set to include the much awaited Skype application in its app store, in its latest Blackberry 10 devices. The other Apps, which would be available, are Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Foursquare, Linkedin Corporation (NYSE:LNKD), Twitter, Nobex Radio, Box, Dropbox and Angry Birds.
Through Skype, users can communicate via voice, video or chat with an internet connection available. The app was acquired by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) in 2011. The subscriber base of Skype at present is hundred million users.
The users with access to Skype on their Blackberry will be able to make voice and video calls for free to anyone on Skype. The good thing is that users can make voice or video calls on any phone having installed with Skype, not necessarily to be Blackberry. It can be on android, iPhone, Windows Phone, Mac or PC.
The users can also access the features of Skype such as Skype IM’s, video and voice calls over 3G or Wi-Fi, low-cost calls, and sending and receiving SMS messages to mobiles or landlines, send and receive pictures, videos and files. They can get the benefit of good quality sound on calling anyone else on Skype, use their front and rear cameras to do a video call and can even talk to Windows live Messenger friends.
Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB)/Blackberry comes up with the news a day after announcing the Blackberry Q10 smartphone in Canada from May 1 and in the United States towards the end of May. The Q10 model of Blackberry has a QWERTY keypad, which is highly popular amongst the users of Blackberry. Q10 from the house of Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB)/Blackberry is the second device after Z10 to sit on Blackberry 10 OS.
The New Blackberry Q10 sits on dual-core 1.5GHz processor with 2GB of RAM. The much popular physical QWERTY keyboard unlike Z10, which is all touch, and 3.1 Super AMOLED touch screen are the other features. The phone has an 8-megapixel snapper, 16GB of on-board storage and 4G support
Users will be able to access Skype from their Q10 on the launch date itself whereas users having Z10 will have to wait for few days to access Skype, which will be possible only after the operating system is upgraded.
Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB)/Blackberry has been facing criticisms that it has a limited App base compared to those of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Android smartphones. Blackberry is still is not offering the popular apps like Instagram and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX). The users can download Skype from the Blackberry app world and other apps will also be available over the next few months.