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News: First Signs of Facetime-like Video Chat for Windows Phone 7

Apparently the current iteration of Windows Phone 7 doesn’t support front-facing cameras on devices running WP7.  What the hell?  Seems extremely short-sighted even for an initial endeavor. We know how industries work.  Someone comes up with an idea and that idea makes its way around to other companies, many of whom end up copying the idea.  So it’s not like the concept of a front-facing camera has been unknown to Microsoft when they made WP7.

Well, I guess it’s better late than never, in this case.  Maybe they realize mobile video calling may not just be a novelty because WindowsPhone7Central.com is reporting an off-the-record comment by a Microsoft employee and possible evidence deep in the development code for WP7.

As far as I’m concerned, the more the merrier when it comes to video chat support.  I really think it’s finally come into it’s own and you’ll start finally seeing more “videophone” calls as a commonplace thing.  We were promised video phones ages ago, but it took the mobile app revolution to bring it to us.

wp7-video-chat-prelude

[Sources WindowsPhone7Central via Neowin.net and PocketNow.com]

January 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm Posted by | Cellphone, News, Video Chat/Webcam, Windows Phone 7 | Leave a Comment

News: Skype for Windows 5.1 Out of Beta, Group Video Chat Now Costs

ooVoo has long, in my opinion, been the king of group video chat for anyone who doesn’t have the advantage of having an expensive corporate video telepresence setup.

But with Skype’s latest beta, they’re moving from great video plus group text chat, to great GROUP video calling plus text chat.  It’s really exciting to see this becoming more accessible to the average Joe.

True, it costs a little now, but for an ad hoc $5 day pass or $9/month unlimited (with discounts for bulk buying), it’s not a bad deal.  And of course, with competition comes even better deals so maybe we can look forward to a price war between Skype and ooVoo.  BTW: One on one video chat is still free, it’s just the group video calling that will cost money, much like ooVoo.

I wonder how Skype’s recent acquisition of Qik will play into this all.

[Source Engadget]

January 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm Posted by | Instant Messaging, News, Skype, Video Chat/Webcam | Leave a Comment

News: FaceVsion TouchCam V1

Webcams have come a long way from the giant, low res monstrosities.. or the forerunner, the Connectix Quickcam with it’s off-white ball design that looked like an eyeball.  Now you can get a basic webcam for $10, but there’s always a push for bigger, better, faster, more.  Without getting into the prosumer grade of video cameras that you could, if you chose, also use as a webcam, there’s still a good push for regular webcam flavored webcams.

A new contender seems to be FaceVsion (note the odd spelling) and their N1 and V1 cameras.  I can’t tell if they’re “Korean knockoff goofy” or if they’re legit and fresh and new.  I’m leaning toward the latter because they really have something interesting here.

Facevsion's TouchCam N1

For just an affordable and very sexy $69, you get this beautiful white camera that would be at home in the kitchen as well sa the boudoir 🙂

It supports H.264 and can do 720p “highdef” and makes SkypeHD super happy.  Maybe this will help raise the bar in webcam quality so we won’t have to squint as much, trying to figure out if that’s a nipple or just an encoding artifact.

[Source Engadget, product page at faceVsion]

January 6, 2011 at 9:07 pm Posted by | News, Video Chat/Webcam | Leave a Comment

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: Yahoo IM for Android Updated, Adds VoIP Calling

A while ago, Yahoo IM for Android was updated just for the MyTouch 4G, version 1.1 I believe, to include support for video calling using the MyTouch4G’s front-facing camera.  Copies of the ripped app were all over the place, but it was a little tricky to get set up.  Now with versions 1.2 and 1.3 officially on the Android App Market, you’re now able to get the officially updated version of Yahoo Messenger and get the new Voice and Video plugin (installed within the app, even though it does appear in the Android Market).  For now, only the MyTouch 4G and EVO 4G are supported, but hopefully they’ll add more support for other devices soon.  Even without a front-facing camera, you could still take advantage of the voice calling.

yahoo im for android

[Source Droid Life via AndroidGuys]

December 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm Posted by | Android, Cellphone, Instant Messaging, News, Video Chat/Webcam, Voice Over IP (VoIP), Yahoo Messenger | Leave a Comment

News: fringOut Now Available for iPhone

Previously only available for Android and Symbian S60, fring’s phone service (VoIP) has recently become available for the iPhone as well.  This gives iPhone users yet another way to skirt around AT&T’s system to make cheaper international calls or be able to call home when you’re overseas without paying crazy international roaming charges (you still need some kind of internet connection on your phone, but a hotel or airport wifi should work great).

You can check fringOut’s rates here.

fringOut - iPhone Screenshot 1

Remember that fring also lets you make free ‘calls’, audio and video, to your friends who also use fring and is available on Symbian, Android and iPhone currently.  And don’t forget their recent addition of Dynamic Video Quality (can’t wait to test that out!).

[Sources iLounge via PocketNow, and here’s an iTunes link as well]

December 27, 2010 at 7:59 pm Posted by | Fring, fringOut, News, Voice Over IP (VoIP) | 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: 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: Skype Video Calling for Mobile in the Works

Skype, that wonderful example of VoIP and group IM done right has it’s sights set on bringing video calling to mobile platforms.  All of them.  So far, they’ve made incremental improvements to their mobile clients, but they’re still not up to par with their desktop apps.  Still, slow and steady wins the race and hopefully sometime soon we’ll have yet another option in mobile video calling.

Android Guys quotes Skype from a May press release:

Skype envisions a world where video plays a larger role in the way we communicate.  It’s on computers, televisions, and it will eventually be coming to mobile devices too. We’re betting big on video, and we intend to set the bar on mobile video calling, and it’s something we’re going to do this year.   We will be bringing a direct to consumer app to the Android marketplace later this year. This application will be available for all consumers globally to download regardless of carriers.

– Brianna Reynaud, Skype PR

[Source Android Guys]

December 19, 2010 at 9:00 pm Posted by | Cellphone, News, Skype, Video Chat/Webcam | Leave a Comment

News: ooVoo for Android arrives!

ooVoo is one of the coolest video chat programs I’ve ever used. Not only is it completely video-centric (with text chat sort of an afterthought). I’ll bore you with more details in the full writeup of the service I’ll do later, but for now it’s significant to point out that they’ve released an app for Android that allows up to 6-way video chat!

Like a lot of video chat apps for mobile, it only works (or works well) on select devices, specifically the ones with front-facing cameras such as the HTC Evo 4G and the Samsung Epic, but it does claim to work over wifi, 3G and 4G whereas some require wifi connections.

Unlike the desktop app, it doesn’t seem to support sending an email to a non-ooVoo user so they can watch your stream via a web browser, you need to select an ooVoo contact to connect with.  Maybe there’s a way since the Mashable article mentions it, but I didn’t see the option in the app itself.

Still, pretty exciting news for mobile shenanigans!

ooVoo says it’ll be coming to more Android and iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc) soon!

ooVoo Mobile for AndroidooVoo Mobile for Android

[Source ooVoo via Mashable and intomobile]

December 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm Posted by | Android, Cellphone, News, ooVoo, Video Chat/Webcam | Leave a Comment