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Skype open to using FaceTime on iPhone, other devices

updated 01:45 pm EDT, Tue June 8, 2010

Skype hopes to spread FaceTime as standard

An insider at Skype today said the company would like to spread Apple's newly developed FaceTime video calls through other apps and platforms. The VoIP app developer wants to move the technology past the iPhone 4 to other platforms. The unnamed Pocket-lint source said Skype would "welcome the opportunity" to collaborate with Apple on getting FaceTime into the Skype iPhone app and would also likely spread to other hardware. Desktops and TVs were among the likely candidates.

There wasn't any sign of how close Skype was to reaching a deal, if any, nor when it would implement the feature. The company just recently began offering two-way video on the Nokia N900 and has been planning to expand the feature to other platforms, but the absence of a front camera and any official support for video chat has made development for the iPhone impractical until now.

FaceTime has been pitched as an open standard and would be relatively simple to implement as it uses SIP, a standard common for VoIP chat. It also uses H.264 video and AAC video, either of which aren't necessarily royalty-free but are ubiquitous online.

By Electronista Staff


  1. rbodgers

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    "... either of which aren't..."

    - Scratch that, reverse it: "... neither of which are..."
    - Or better yet, reword a bit: "both of which may be subject to royalty fees..."
    - drop "necessarily" as it's confusing and, ironically, unnecessary

  1. MyRightEye

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    It's MacNN... where 13 year old boys in their mums basement pretend to be journalists.

  1. SockRolid

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    Joined: Jan 2010


    Apple to buy Skype?

    I wonder how much Skype is worth. Maybe after Apple's exclusive contract with AT&T is over, they can snap up Skype.

    Just a thought.

  1. byRyan

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    Because all apple laptops and iMacs come with front facing cameras, I am surprised apple itself hasn't talked about mac to iPhone calls. perhaps relying on MobileMe to make it all work without configuration. come on apple, give me some reason to spend money on that service other then finding my phone!!!

  1. facebook_Chaim

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    Incorrect interpretation of Skype's comment

    There seems to be some confusion in your interpretation of Skype’s stance and statement to Pocket-Lint in regards to FaceTime that we want to clarify:

    "Skype is the market leader and champion of video calling for consumers and is glad to see that Apple recognizes the value and potential of mobile video. However, just to be clear, Skype is not considering FaceTime as a technological platform for video calling in its own products. Based on Apple's statement about FaceTime being submitted to the standards bodies as an open platform, Skype is looking forward to see how this process unfolds. Skype looks forward to working with Apple to make sure the millions of Skype for iPhone users get the best possible experience when it comes to video calls on mobile devices and beyond."

    Chaim Haas
    Kaplow (PR firm for Skype)

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