Yahoo Messenger app to add 3G video chat

Earlier this week the VP of Yahoo! Mobile in America, David Katz, let slip that Yahoo! will soon be supporting video chat on their mobile apps, including iPhone. A Yahoo Spokesperson has said that he believes:

the iPhone app has already been approved by Apple and that it would be would be available “soon.”

The advantage of Yahoo video calling is that the user will not only be able make video calls with iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4. but with Android devices, Mac and Windows PCs, and anything else Yahoo supports. Yahoo's app will also not be restricted to just Wi-Fi like FaceTime, and will be able to be used via 3G/4G.

Apple used open standards to make FaceTime and has said they're releasing FaceTime back as an open standard itself, but since it seems to be taking a while, are you interested in Yahoo! as a FaceTime alternative? Do you think Yahoo will do it right?

[iTunes link - Reuters]

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Yahoo Messenger app to add 3G video chat

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how on earth had yahoo beaten skype to the punch on this one? I know yahoo! has more resources than skype, but skype really revolutionized video chat in terms of mainstream usage. there goes any differentiation skype once had

Don't we already have Fring as an alternative? Not that I like Fring, but doesn't it do video chat over Yahoo, MSN, AIM, etc. (except for Skype of course)?

Tango is ok over 3G, but the volume is really choppy. The video is good but the sound does not match up once in a while. Waiting for yahoo now.

In terms of chat, yahoo is much better then MSN, unfortinitly it's just the popularity of MSN which makes everyone use it.
But I prefer skype for video.

Would be nice to talk to multiple devices. Right now I only have one family member with an iPhone. I believe it will not be long before all devices can video call. I am also suprised yahoo beat skype on this.

Sounds good, but I'm still upgrading all my lines to iPhone 4's come January. FaceTime definitely works with FaceTime. :0)

Apple is only giving lip service to the concept of "open" with FaceTime. They submitted several (mostly) complete drafts, but only as recommendations; they will not be allowing others to contribute to the specification. That is certainly their right, but it means FaceTime is no more open than Flash, or anything under Microsoft's Shared Source License. Other makers are not going to build in FaceTime compatibility under those terms, with an incomplete draft specification where their products continued functionality would be at the whim of Apple. That is too bad, because a single, unified videochat standard would be helpful, but as long as Apple does not take that crucial extra step to make it truly open, it will not be FaceTime. (Skype and others are obviously just as guilty; they just do not make any pretense about it.)

Most of people talking abt skype video chat.. But I have tried all of them(skype, yahoo, msn) when it comes to quality of video msn stand far far away from others.. By video msn claims no 1, followed by yahoo then here comes skype at last..
If u compare voice quality. Skype is the winner and other even not near enough to give a competition..

Can't wait for yahoo to offer video, seeing as my grandma lives 1400 miles away and has a trac-phone. Now I can talk to her on her pc.

i cant believe skype still hasnt done anything yet or at the very least AOL with AIM. i dont know anyone who uses yahoo :/

I'm excited for it, and glad that it will be on multiple mobile platforms in addition to computers. I'm planning to ditch my iPhone for a new Android phone soon (excited for that!), but I'm glad that I'll be able to video chat with iOS and Android devices as well as computers. I do hope that it's not buggy, like I've found the current Yahoo! chat app on my iPhone and the yahoo.com (web-based) chat to be on occasion. Hopefully this will be slicker and more solid (like Yahoo! Messenger computer program apparently is).
How can we as consumers, the ones who ultimately pay for these products, get them to do it the way WE want? Can't anyone afford the conviction to work for OUR best interest. All the tight-gripped control that companies like Apple practices (more and more, it seems) only make things more difficult for consumers. We're just not ALL going to use the SAME product line! ...but we do still want them to play well together.

Unfortunately, I've used Yahoo video on a PC and Mac and it sucks balls. Both Google and Skype blow it out of the water (couldn't technically tell you why, don't know much about Yahoo).

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