When a ROM for an unreleased handset leaks, sometimes the most valuable thing they contain are images and videos of the device, and the ROM for the myTouch 4G — coming to T-Mobile — is no different. The mT4G will be an HSPA+ handset that packs a 3.8-inch WVGA display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, rear-facing 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video recording, front-facing camera, DLNA support, micro-SD card (support for 32GB card), and Android 2.2. The device will be preloaded with software titles Rock Band, Asphalt 5, and Monopoly and support: Wi-Fi calling, video calling, and T-Mobile TV. T-Mobile’s specification sheet says the device should be available in time for the holidays.Sounds like a pretty solid set. Hit the jump to check out a video that was included in the ROM and the full myTouch 4G spec sheet. Enjoy! More →
Today, internet calling giant Skype announced that the new version of its Windows client — Skype 5.0 — is now available to the general public. The new code brings with it a cleaner, redesigned interface, automatic call recovery, Facebook integration, and group video chat. The new software is available as we type at skype.com; there is a short video walk-through of the new features waiting for you after the break. More →
Search giant Google has announced a new labs feature for their Gmail web-based email client called “video chat enhancements.” As Google explains:
Visit the Gmail Labs tab under Settings, turn on “Video chat enhancements,” and right away, you’ll see higher resolution video and a bigger video chat window.The higher resolution video uses a new playback mechanism which enables widescreen VGA and frees up valuable resources on your computer. For it to work, both you and the person you’re chatting with will need to have the lab turned on.
If you find yourself frequently using the video chat feature of Gmail, take the new feature for a spin and let us know what you think. More →
Thursday, Google announced that it added support for browser-based voice and video chat in Debian-based Linux distributions. If you rock Ubuntu, or any Debian-flavored OS, you can head over to gmail.com/videochat to download the plugin. The full text of the post is below:
If you’ve been wanting to use voice and video chat on Linux (our top video chat request), then we have good news for you: it’s now available! Visit gmail.com/videochat to download the plugin and get started. Voice and video chat for Linux supports Ubuntu and other Debian-based Linux distributions, and RPM support will be coming soon. More →
There isn’t really much else to say about this one. Skype has threatened multi-platform mobile chat-client maker Fring with legal action unless the company drops support for the Skype chat protocol. In a press release, Fing wrote, “Skype’s anti-competitive ambush comes in the wake of fring’s mobile video calling on iPhone 4 launch, which continues to set the standard in rich mobile internet communication.” Fring had included Skype support in its client for the past four years. Fring’s press release went onto read, “We are disappointed that Skype, who once championed the cause of openness, is now attempting to muzzle competition, even to the detriment of its own users.” We’ve got the full release for you after the break. More →
Google, Inc. has purchased internet VoIP company Global IP Solutions for a cool $68.2 million; a 27.5% premium over the company’s current stock price. While Global IP may not be a household name, you might be familiar with what they provide and to whom they provide it: the back-end VoIP engine used by the Yahoo!, AIM, WebEx, Baidu, and Lotus chat systems. Google continues to bolster its portfolio of acquired companies that supplement its Google Voice and Google Talk services — you may recall Google purchasing internet chat/VoIP company Gizmo5 several months ago — but we have yet to see any drastic feature changes/additions in said services. The future looks bright for Google Voice and Talk…although we do wonder about the VoIP fate of Yahoo! et. al now that Google owns their voice over IP engine. More →
The Associated Press is reporting that internet chat company Skype plans to pilot group video chat in a public beta starting next week. The group chat feature, which is already available on several other chat networks, will be rolled out exclusively to Windows users, followed by Mac users “later this year.” Neil Stevens, Skype’s general manager of consumer business, told the AP, “When the feature launches next week it will be free, but Skype Ltd. plans to start charging for it along with some other upcoming features in three or four months.” Stevens went onto say, “The feature is the one users have requested most.” There was no mention of how/if video chat will make its way onto Skype’s mobile phone clients (fingers crossed). Alright Skype junkies, check in and sound off…we want to know what you think of Skype’s plans to charge for group video chat. More →
Who doesn’t love a little bit of Skype action? If you’re a Mac user, though, Skype 2.8 Gold adds (or improves on if you were using a beta version) some awesome features like screen sharing (you can even share just a part of your screen for privacy reasons), Skype Access, and improved audio and video support. Skype Access is a way to pay for Wi-Fi hotspot access using your Skype account balance which can simplify things for those on the move we guess. Here’s a couple more updated features:
- Improved chat management (sort chats, set priorities)
- Quick add (self explanatory but let’s you add new people to chats)
- Mood message chat (“it’s a bit like Twitter”)
- Support for large profile pictures
- Hidden avatars in incoming contact requests
- Add notes to contacts
Skype 2.8 Gold is available for download immediately from Skype’s website.
Fringers, start your updating. The Israeli mobile comms company has just announced the release of a new version of its popular application that brings Last.fm streaming and friend-monitoring to the fring app. Users can now enjoy custom streaming radio stations while chatting with friends without ever having to leave the fring application. All of your favorite types of Last.fm stations are available and Love/Ban functions are supported as well. Sweet! For the time being, Last.fm via fring is not available on the platform that needs it most – the iPhone – but hopefully we’ll see an update soon. Since S60 allows third-party applications to be minimized, Mobbler can easily be used to stream Last.fm while a user is chatting in fring. With the iPhone on the other hand, where the Last.fm app cannot be sent to the background while the user is fringing (yes, we know Backgrounder can remedy this on jailbroken iPhones), the addition of of Last.fm streaming would certainly be welcome. Hit the jump for a very peculiar video that sums up the latest version of fring nicely.
Not long ago, a story ran around the blogosphere pitching the idea that Apple should take the piles of cash it’s sitting on and use it to revolutionize the banking industry. Sure, “iBank” is an interesting concept but there’s one major rub: Apple knows nothing about banking. Apple is a computer company, a digital service company, a hardware manufacturer, a software company and many other things, but it is by no means a bank. The time, new hires, training and investment it would take to prep Cupertino for a banking entrance negates much of the potential benefit and as such, it won’t happen. The same can be said for an online auction house entering the telco industry – the only problem is the latter example actually happened. When eBay purchased Skype four years ago for $2.6 billion, many wondered what it was thinking. Now, four years later, eBay finally seems to be wondering the same thing… What were we thinking? As a result of some comments made by eBay CEO John Donahoe regarding its recent earnings call, the internet is ablaze once again with rumors that the company is finally looking to offload Skype. Donahoe:
[Skype would make a] great stand-alone busines… The synergies between Skype and the other parts of our portfolio are minimal. We’re going to continue to run and operate the business. It’s not a distraction currently. And at such time when we have further announcements on that, we’ll let you know.
Of course as is always the case with any story citing analyst sources and inference, this is all speculation for the time being. We consider this a feeler from Donahoe; I’ll be taking calls from interested parties, if you will. Bottom line? eBay is an auction house. Paypal – awesome, logical buy. Skype – not so much.
This actually kind of neat… Nokia has just launched a limited trial run of its new chat client. The aptly named Nokia Chat comes to us by way of Nokia labs, and takes advantage of the built-in GPS found in many recent Nokia handsets to provide your chat buddies with location and proximity information. Sure, it’s a little creepy, but we’re all for adopting and exploiting new technology to its fullest. Assuming you’re using a device equipped with both GPS and Nokia Maps, you’ll be able to broadcast your location for the world to see, as well as pinpoint your buddies on your map application. Sound like fun? Assuming you have a compatible device, (N95 8GB, N95, N82, N81 8GB, N81, N76, E71, E66, E51, 6290, 6120 Classic, and 6110 Navigator) hit the link for more info and get your chat on.