With video calling becoming en vogue this year thanks to high-end phones sporting front-facing webcams, such as the Sprint HTC EVO 4G and rumored iPhone HD this year, the world’s largest and most popular VOiP company–Skype–isn’t about to miss out on opportunity to allow its customers to chat with video. After a partnership deal with Verizon Wireless, many had questioned whether Skype would grant the country’s largest carrier exclusivity over its VOiP app, but the company has responded that it will be business as usual and the Skype app will soon be appearing in Android Market for all carriers all over the world. According to the company,
“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. 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.”
Perhaps this will be the year of video chat after all. Although video calls over 3G networks have been available in Europe for some time, AT&T only implemented limited use of the technology on its network. Customers who wanted to do video calls cannot conference with video simultaneously; only one party can share video while the other watched making its utility as a web conference solution with video very limited, if useful at all. As such, many phones sold in the US lacked the front-facing webcams that appear on European models.
Skype’s, Fring’s, and other VOiP providers’ entry into the video calling arena will be done entirely over mobile broadband data or WiFi networks for both video and voice, rather than carrier solutions.
(via: Android and Me)