720p Video Calling Over Skype Coming To Android By Way Of Pathpartner On OMAP4

At MWC, in the Texas Instruments booth, there could be found a cozy little shack up of the unlikeliest of partners.  Get your head out of the gutter man.  We’re talking about Pathpartner and Ittiam.  At the event, Pathpartner demoed 720p video calling over that famous VOIP app, oh what’s it called?  Oh yeah, Skype.  You may have heard of it?  As of today, Pathpartner is working with Skype in an attempt to get “Skype certified”.  The app makers hope to successfully secure a number of other vendors, besides Ittiam, to get their application arriving stock on mobile devices.

The company’s senior technical lead, Alexy Mathew Joseph performed the demo on the OMAP 4 chip set platform, an extremely powerful CPU touted by TI.  The OMAP 4 platform offers a number of powerful options such as 1080p video recording and playback, 20 megapixel imaging and approximately a week of audio play time.  And now we can add 720p video calls.  It’s no surprise why Pathpartner wants to develop the rich video application on a handset running this platform.  This is certainly promising for Android users as it opens up a slew of doors when it comes to communication over video.  The app is being reported as possibly hitting Android devices some time near the end of 2011.  Head back over to Talk Android as we keep a close eye on the company’s emerging product and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via engadget]

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  • http://www.techgospelaccordingtojohn.com John Lacson

    Is 720p more critical than smooth frame rates? Skype Video on an iPhone 4 is really choppy (and blocky) compared to FaceTime, so it tells me that it’s not the hardware that’s the issue… I was expecting Skype on the iPhone/iPod Touch 4 to be at least comparable to FaceTime. Skype on my Android has far worse frame rate… both calls initiated over wifi.

  • http://www.logicpass.com Eman B

    Hi John, do you actually have a working version of Skype Video on your android?

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    The Zune concentrates on being a Portable Media Player. Not a web browser. Not a game machine. Maybe in the future it’ll do even better in those areas, but for now it’s a fantastic way to organize and listen to your music and videos, and is without peer in that regard. The iPod’s strengths are its web browsing and apps. If those sound more compelling, perhaps it is your best choice.