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Skype Commits to Bringing Video Chat to All Android Handsets

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May 28, 2010, 8:19 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

In response to queries about its future product plans, Skype PR issued a statement that indicates the company plans to offer a Skype application to all Android handsets later this year, and it will include a video chat feature. The statement reads, "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." Right now, Skype on Android is limited to Verizon Wireless' handsets. Competitor Fring recently announced a new Android application that offers free video calling. Fring wraps together a number of services, such as Skype, MSN, ICQ, GTalk and other IM platforms into a single application.

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Jayshmay

May 28, 2010, 11:36 AM

?...

How exactly is a smartphone suppose to be able to do video calls w/o a front facing camera???
www.sprint.com/EVO
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...erm...perhaps by turning the phone around? I mean, you don't necessarily hafta see the screen in order to look at a phone and talk.
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You can't do it without the camcorder on the front, but on the article it said it would bring it to the android devices later this year. I thought they meant all the upcoming devices. You see how some of the old android devices are still running old o...
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the camera on the back..? from what I have heard, all android devices are capable of having video chat, and just need it enabled with an update.
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DE 2 Philly

May 29, 2010, 9:38 AM

Already an app for the EVO that works NOW

Its called Fringe and it already works RIGHT NOW for live video chat... lol

I've seen it work on the EVO=win
Typo: its spelled "FRING"
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flip mode

May 29, 2010, 2:14 AM

Nice...

I have a jailbroken G1 with 1.6 and Fring works good. Just face the camera to you and keep looking back. Not the best but it works. Cool
 
 
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