Ever since Apple gave us a front facing camera on the iPhone 4, many of us have been craving an app that would allow us to make video calls between our iDevice and desktop computers.
As we told you before, this could have a lot of potential. It would make it much more convenient when you’re at your desktop to use your webcam and not have to hold your iPhone up. It would also allow your non-iOS friends to chat directly with your iPhone from their desktop.
After our recent disappointment with iMovicha, today our hopes are renewed, as we’re hearing Yahoo is now working to make this happen. Indeed, Yahoo’s VP of Mobile David Katz told Reuters (via Mashable) that their upcoming…
“yet-to-be-approved app would be free, work over Wi-Fi and carrier networks, and support video calls via Yahoo Messenger from mobile to mobile or mobile to PC”
This is great news, as Yahoo is already running a large instant messenging network, which they will leverage. They have both the capacity and knowledge to pull it off. Also, the arrival of a big player in this game might finally push other players, like Skype, to finally make this happen.
Of course, pulling off decent quality video calls is very tricky, so we still have to see how well it will perform. As for the approval process, we don’t know of any rules against such a feature so we’re confident it will make it through.
Lastly, I just hope they will let us plug this into other networks like AIM, as I don’t use Yahoo’s Messenger at the moment, yet it would still be a nice start.
Am I the only one that thinks this would be just amazing? Tell us what you think.