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New Yahoo Messenger App for iPhone To Allow Video Calls To PC, Android Smartphones

October 8th, 2010 10:00 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

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Yahoo's VP of Mobile for the Americas, David Katz has revealed that Yahoo is working on a version of Yahoo Messenger for the iPhone and Android, which will allow users to make video calls like FaceTime. The application, which is still under development, will use the iPhone 4's front camera to make video calls both over Wi-Fi and 3G.

While the iPhone 4's FaceTime is a great feature, it is restricted to making video calls over Wi-Fi – and that too only to other iPhone 4 and  iPod Touch 4G users. The Yahoo App on the other hand, enables video calling to other users logged on to Yahoo messenger either on a PC, iPhone or Android smartphones.

David Katz, Yahoo’s VP of Mobile for the Americas region has revealed the following details:

"The free app, will be available for both iPhone and Android phones and will allow smartphone users to not only conduct video calls with each other, but with anyone that currently uses Yahoo Messenger for video calls on their PCs."

The ability to make voice calls with users on the iPhone, Android smartphones and anyone using Yahoo messenger on the PC could transform it into one of the killer iPhone apps on the App store. Yahoo boasts of 80 million users worldwide.

Yahoo seems to be pretty confident that its iPhone app will be approved because applications like Tango and Fring that offer video calling via 3G and Wi-Fi have already been approved by Apple. 

Apple has also clarified that “they do allow apps on the App Store that support video calling on Wi-Fi and 3G networks.”

So, it could be only a matter of time before the updated Yahoo Messenger app arrives in the App Store. 

We'll let you know as soon as it is available in the App Store.

[Via Reuters]

Source: New Yahoo Messenger App for iPhone To Allow Video Calls To PC, Android Smartphones

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