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October 07, 2010

Yahoo Messenger to Offer Mobile Video Chatting to Multiple Devices

By Beecher Tuttle, TMCnet Web Editor

Currently, iPhone (News - Alert) 4 users are only able to video chat with each other, making the use of the new technology somewhat limited. Come this holiday season, however, owners of Apple's (News - Alert) recently launched mobile device will have a whole new group of people to talk to.

Yahoo announced on Wednesday that its IM service, Yahoo Messenger, will run on both the iPhone 4 and T-Mobile's (News - Alert) soon-to-be-launched Android-powered smart phone, the myTouch, according to PC World. Officials with Yahoo said that the instant messenger service will bridge the gap between the two phones and allow users to video chat with each other at no additional charge.

"You can chat with any phone that has a two-way camera, and that includes the iPhone 4," said Michael Shim, vice president of mobile business development and partnerships for Yahoo.

T-Mobile's myTouch was introduced earlier this week and is expected to go on sale later this year. The new premium model is an all-touch phone with high-end specifications and a blazing fast 1-Ghz processor. The device is being positioned as a sophisticated version of the existing myTouch 3G and myTouch 3G Slide, which are more moderately-priced plastic phones, according to PC Mag.

Equipped with a high-speed Qualcomm (News - Alert) Snapdragon processor and dual cameras, the myTouch is one of the few phones that offers two-way video chatting. It comes with a 5-megapixel camera that records 720p HD video as well as a lower resolution front-facing camera. The new smart phone will allow users to share video content with any DLNA-compliant device, including HD televisions. It is available in white, black, plum, and red.

The company has yet to announce how much the new phone will cost or the exact date of its launch, but most insiders expect the device to go on sale before the end of the year. 

Beecher Tuttle is a Web Editor for TMCnet. He has extensive experience writing and editing for print publications and online news websites. He has specialized in a variety of industries, including health care technology, politics and education. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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