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Yahoo Messenger to hit Android, iPhone with 3G video chat

updated 02:20 pm EDT, Fri October 8, 2010

Yahoo vows 2-way 3G video chat on Android, iPhone

Yahoo's Americas mobile VP David Katz in a discussion today promised that it would bring a version of Yahoo Messenger with 3G or 4G video chat to smartphones. Those with an iPhone 4 as well as Android phones with front cameras, such as the Samsung Epic 4G or T-Mobile's new myTouch, will have the option of a two-way chat regardless of which network they use. It uses the same transmission format as the desktop app and should let owners make video chats between mobile and the desktop.

Fring already works on cellular but is app-specific, while Apple's FaceTime is both temporarily limited to iOS devices and to Wi-Fi networks. Apple told Reuters that it greenlights video chat apps that use 3G, including Fring. Many live streaming iPhone apps such as, Qik or Ustream can already transmit video over 3G through the front camera but are usually one-way.

The app has already been submitted to Apple and Google, and should be approved soon. Both Yahoo Messsenger and video chat inside it have always been free.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jan 2007


    There goes yer AT&T cell phone bill.

    straight through the roof. :P

  1. James345

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2011


    ReChat (Android chat. Facebook, Yahoo!®, Google T

    Check ReChat (Android chat):
    - Facebook, Yahoo!®, Google Talk, basic Jabber/XMPP;
    - multiple accounts at once;
    - free SMS worldwide BETA (with replies for USA/Canada) with minor ad block;
    - plain/bubble views. Customize avatar/font sizes;
    - font packs (download separate apk to keep memory);
    - send image/video;
    - full Unicode support;
    - favorites (always in contact list);
    - customize income message notification: default sound/your sound file, LED, vibration, status bar notification;
    - chat history. Export (email) selected messages, open chat messages, whole history for a contact, whole history for all contacts. Archive attachment with 7zip.

    Facebook features:
    - all non-chat permissions are revoked, customize period, "revoke now";
    - upload image/short video (several share options);
    - send image/short video to a contact (as private wall post);
    - send message to a contact (as a private event or private wall post);
    - set status message.

    Google Talk features:
    - showing total count of unread emails;
    - marking contacts with unread emails;
    - new email notification;
    - list of unread emails subjects (without content);
    - add/remove contacts.

    Basic Jabber/XMPP features:
    - add/remove contacts.

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