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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 - 12:29 am Posted by | Android, Cellphone, Fring, iPhone, News, Video Chat/Webcam

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