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News: Skype Video Calling for iPhone/iOS is Official!

Skype 3.0 just hit iTunes and it’s boasting video calls to Skype users on Windows, Mac and Linux (and assuming other iPhone users as well with the 3.0 software).  Video calls supposedly work over wifi AND 3G, giving it an edge over Facetime.

No official word on Android or other platform support, but there should be more announcements at CES in Las Vegas next week.  Exciting stuff!

skype for iphone - video calling

Update: Added video released after initial article was posted:

[Source: iTunes via Engadget]

December 30, 2010 at 12:30 am Posted by | Cellphone, iPhone, News, Skype, Video Chat/Webcam | Leave a Comment

News: Lifehacker’s 5 Best Mobile IM Apps

Hmm.. not sure I’d call this the ‘best’ mobile instant messenger apps, but it’s what Lifehacker decided to publish.  There are some good ones on this list, though, that I’ll be covering in more detail later.

For now, here’s the short list.  Read more details over at Lifehacker at the source link below.

Beejive

Five Best Mobile Instant Messaging Applications - Beejive

Blackberry Messenger

Five Best Mobile Instant Messaging Applications - Blackberry Messenger

Google Talk

Five Best Mobile Instant Messaging Applications - Google Talk

Meebo

Five Best Mobile Instant Messaging Applications - Meebo

Trillian

Five Best Mobile Instant Messaging Applications - Trillian

[Source Lifehacker]

December 27, 2010 at 9:00 am Posted by | Android, AOL Instant Mesenger/AIM, Beejive, Blackberry, Cellphone, Device to Device, Facebook, Google Talk/GTalk, Instant Messaging, Instant Messaging (Multi-IM), iPhone, Jabber, Meebo, MSN Messenger, MySpace, News, Social Networks, Yahoo Messenger | Leave a Comment

News: LiveProfile Messenger Beta for Android Released

One of the things Blackberry pioneered was a new, more functional IM specifically for mobile devices. Blackberry Messenger was way more suited for phones than traditional IM apps. Because of this and the fact that traditional IMs still don’t do push notifications very well, there’s a great niche for apps like LiveProfile, especially when they can work across multiple platforms.

LiveProfile (one word) is current in beta for Android, but they’re working hard on Blackberry and iPhone/iPod versions as well.

With many competitors such as Kik, WhatApp and PingChat already around, some people ask “why do we need another device-to-device IM solution?” but as the saying goes, there’s always room at the top.  The trick is getting all your friends to commit to using the same app, but if you can do that.. this looks like a great D2D option.

BTW.. it can also be used as a replacement for your default text app!

LiveProfile

[Sources LiveProfile via xda]

December 26, 2010 at 9:00 pm Posted by | Android, Cellphone, Device to Device, Instant Messaging, iPhone, News | Leave a Comment

News: Skype Working On Video Calling for Mobile (iPhone to start)

Skype is not only known for being a forerunner in VoIP calls, but many professionals rely on it for it’s fantastic video chat capabilities.  Well, looks like they’re joining ooVoo, Yahoo Messenger, Fring, Tango, Qik, Facetime and all the others in the mobile device webcam chat arena!  This is big new!

For now, the only confirmation has been that they’re working on video calling for iPhone, but they do have an Android client as well, so we can only speculate that an Android one will be hot on the heels of the iPhone.  It helps that the iPhone 4 has a front-facing camera and is the “new hotness” in the Apple phone world.  As we see more phones with front-facing cameras, we should see a bigger push for these kind of mobile video chat apps.

Can’t wait to hear the official word from CES next month!

[Sources: Engadget, TiPd]

December 26, 2010 at 6:57 pm Posted by | Cellphone, iPhone, News, Skype, Video Chat/Webcam | Leave a Comment

Tips: Talkatone Helps You Make VoIP Calls with Google Voice

Lifehacker tips us to an iPhone/iOS app that helps you use Google Voice to it’s full voice-over-IP glory. It works over 3G or WiFi using an iPhone, iPod or iPad.

Talkatone VoIP via Google Voice on iPhone/iOS

[Source cybernetnews via LifehackeriTunes link]

December 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm Posted by | Cellphone, Google Voice, iPhone, Tips, Voice Over IP (VoIP) | Leave a Comment

News: IM+ 3.3 Available for Android

XDA member vit_ reports that a new version of IM+ is now available on the Android platform.

Some improvements include group chats, easier switching between chat windows and the ability to log into several accounts on the same IM service.

IM+ is also available for iPhone/iPod/iPad, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Symbian, Java, Palm and a Web version.  More details on their web page.

IM+ 3.3 for Android

[Source xda-developers]

December 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm Posted by | Android, Cellphone, IM+, Instant Messaging (Multi-IM), iPhone, News, Windows Mobile | Leave a Comment

Tips: Video Calling with Qik and fring

PocketNow.com gave a good rundown a while ago of some of the issues with running video chat programs such as Qik and fring.

fring video call

Read more about it on PocketNow.com’s article.

December 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm Posted by | Android, Cellphone, Fring, iPhone, Qik, Tips, Video Chat/Webcam | Leave a Comment

News: fring Adds Dynamic Video Quality

Fring was one of the forerunners in mobile video chat, I believe they even predate iPhone’s Facetime (July 2010 versus October 2010?).  But one thing that’s plagued most mobile video chat apps is the bandwidth requirement.  Facetime requires a wifi connection, but some have gotten it to work over 3G with some success. Others allow 3G/4G connections, but with varying degrees of success.  Fring, as far as I know, is one of the first to add (or at least tout) dynamic quality adjustments based on available bandwidth.  This is big.  This means that you may not always get an amazing HD video chat session, but you’ll get something.. and sometimes that’s better than nothing.

Hopefully other video chat mobile apps such as Tango, Yahoo Messenger (with video chat plugin), and Qik will follow suit and allow some kind of dynamic quality adjustment so it’s not an all-or-nothing choice of whether to use video chat.

[Sources: Fring blogFAQ, Android Guys, Engadget, Talk Android among others]

December 7, 2010 at 12:29 am Posted by | Android, Cellphone, Fring, iPhone, News, Video Chat/Webcam | Leave a Comment