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 Justin.tv, 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.