There’s a rumor going around right now that Facebook intends to use the press event it’s hosting next week in order to launch a new video-based chat service that will work from right within your web browser on your PC, leveraging technology from Skype to handle the communications. So far, we’ve only heard about the possibility for such a thing to come to full-fledged computers, but can we expect the same system on a smartphone?
We just looked at the official AT&T announcement of the HTC Status, AKA the ChaCha, the manufacturer’s first smartphone with in-depth Facebook integration and a Facebook-launching hardware button. The Status includes a front-facing camera, and for a phone that’s all about social connection with your friends, and has Facebook as such an important part of its software, wouldn’t it make sense to give you an easy way to chat with your friends face-to-face, instead of relying on so many wall posts?
Just after that, we saw the new version of Skype hit the Android Market, with video chat support for a few smartphones, and unofficial modifications bringing support to many more. Considering all of this through the lens of these rumors, it seems like the necessary pieces are more or less in place for implementing Facebook video chat on smartphones, just waiting for someone – be it Facebook, Skype, or a manufacturer like HTC – to put them together.