Just a reminder: I’ll be at Facebook HQ on Wednesday morning at 10am PT and will liveblog its event at technologizer.com/facebookevent. According to TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington, the news–part of it, at least–involves Skype video chat integrated into Facebook.
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Maybe Facebook’s event next week doesn’t relate to the iPad at all. TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington says that the news is something entirely unrelated, but potentially cool: Skype-powered video chat within Facebook.
At last, Skype’s Android app supports video calling, but it’s only available on four phones for now.
Video calling works over Wi-Fi and 3G, and is supported on the HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro and Google Nexus S. The common thread among these phones is that they all run Android 2.3, but a Skype representative told me that the company’s working to make video chat available on a wider range of devices shortly after launch.
I don’t know whether Comcast is afraid of Internet-connected TVs and set-top boxes, but that’s the way the cable company’s plans for Skype support look from here.
Comcast will bring Skype to customers on a trial basis in the coming months, All Things Digital’s Peter Kafka reports. The service will require an adaptor box, a high-quality video camera and special remote control that allows text input. It’s not clear how much the service will cost, if anything, and whether it’ll be available to cable customers, Internet subscribers or both. As Kafka notes, it’s certainly possible that Comcast could give the service away to platinum cable subscribers as a “please don’t cut the cord” incentive.
AOL’s TechCrunch has leaked a link to AV, a still-unannounced, FaceTime-like easy video chat service from…AOL.