Wikitude recently announced their Wikitude World Browser is going to be a BBM connected app. The new version, which will integrate with BBM to enrich the Augmented Reality (AR) experience, will be preloaded on upcoming BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry 7 OS.

Instant Messaging in Augmented Reality now live!

Wikitude today announced that the Wikitude World Browser is going social, as a BBM™ connected app. The new version, which integrates BBM to enrich the Augmented Reality (AR) experience, will be preloaded on upcoming BlackBerry® smartphones running BlackBerry® 7 OS.

Wikitude contains hundreds of different examples of how AR can enrich location based content experiences including travel sights, mobile coupons, games and more. With BBM 6, Wikitude now boldly goes social by offering its users to interact with one another in a way they have never done before. BBM in AR allows you to find your friends and chat with them on the go. You choose who you want to share your location with – whether anyone in the BBM community or just your BBM contacts. Meet new people or chat with your friends while having a real sense of where they are in reference to you. If you prefer to stay under the radar for a while, you can of course disable your location sharing any time, you decide.

“BBM 6 is the underlying mobile social network making Wikitude on the BlackBerry platform a very unique experience. An augmented reality (AR) browser with millions of interesting places is already a very compelling and new proposition, but bringing it to life with millions of people who can chat, meet and share in an AR environment has the potential to revolutionize how we interact with one another. With BBM 6 and Wikitude preloaded on upcoming BlackBerry smartphones our AR browser will be truly going social for the very first time,” says Andy Gstoll, CMO of Wikitude.

“Sharing great moments” is an additional feature offered by the BBM 6 and Wikitude combo. Within Wikitude, take a new kind of picture of what you are looking at. For example, capture that historic building in Rome with additional AR content, and add a few lines from a Wikipedia article explaining the architectural style of the building. Then, share this special moment by sending the “augmented” photo to your BBM contacts around the world.

“The new Wikitude World Browser combines the power of location-based content services with the delights of BBM to bring a whole new dimension to mobile social networking,” said Tyler Lessard, VP Global Alliances & Developer Relations.