Video chat on the iPhone 4 just got a lot more useful. Skype tonight announced its latest iPhone app update, bringing with it the ability to make video calls to other iPhone OS devices, as well as to Skype users on Mac and Windows computers.
Skype, a provider of voice and video calling services over the Internet, might be poised to release video calling for mobile devices equipped with a front-facing camera and running Skype at the Consumer Electronics Show next year, according to a number of reports.
VocalTec already has a major hit with its magicJack internet phone device, but now the company is ready to step up and offer completely free calls to users with the launch of its magicTalk service on Christmas.
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Nabto makes web technology for devices like medical appliances (see Medotech’s Grindcare) and building automation devices. The Danish startup just closed a new funding round combining funds from previous investor Østjysk Innovation, the Danish government-backed fund Vækstfonden and some private investors. The new financing will mainly be used to boost Nabto’s sales and marketing.
Just when you thought Voice over IP (VoIP) couldn’t be exciting again, along comes Viber with its free iPhone app for simple VoIP calls. After launching on December 2nd, the company reports that the app has been downloaded over 1 million times in its first three days.
It’s been a long haul for Google, but now iPhone owners can finally download an official Google Voice iPhone app – giving them access to even more Google Voice features than the current web app, although still not as many as Android users enjoy.
Twilio, which provides software to connect phone calls to web applications, announced today that it has raised $12 million in its second round of funding to bring additional engineers on staff and continue marketing its services.
Skype has asked Nimbuzz, makers of a popular VoIP mobile app, to remove support for all Skype services starting October 31st.
After a beta test which lasted since May, Skype today has officially released the next version of its Windows client, Skype 5.0, which brings with it group video conferencing and Facebook integration.
Voice over Internet protocol, or VOIP, just keeps getting bigger. The Nimbuzz mobile application integrates voice, chat and messaging from multiple providers like Skype, Microsoft and Google. The company just announced that it surpassed 3.65 billion mobile voice minutes in the last year. About half of these minutes were paid calls via Nimbuzz Out whereas the the rest were free calls between Nimbuzz users. Nimbuzz is consistently in the top 5 downloads on Getjar, an app store which serves multiple mobile platforms, and Nokia’s Ovi store.
Qualcomm, which manufactures chipsets for some of today’s most popular smartphones, is making a move into software development with its acquisition of mobile app developer iSkoot today.
Guest Post Andreas Bernström is chief executive of Rebtel, a VOIP calling service.
Jajah, the internet phone company that was snapped up by Spanish telecom giant Telefonica for $207 million, is declaring war on calling cards. The company is announcing today a calling card of its own that it’s dubbing “the world’s first honest calling card.”
Facebook and Skype are teaming up for extensive integration of the social network in the next version of Skype’s software, sources tell AllThingsDigital.
A few weeks ago, third-party Google Voice apps for the iPhone started getting approved by Apple. Now it appears that we may soon see the official Google Voice app on the iPhone, sources tell TechCrunch.
Craig Walker, a co-founder of Google Voice developer GrandCentral, has left the company to join Google Ventures as entrepreneur-in-residence and begin working on his next company.
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Sococo is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.
Zingaya is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.
It looks like Gmail users are already taking advantage of the cheap calling that Google launched yesterday. The company announced via Twitter that there were 1 million calls placed from Gmail in 24 hours.
It looks like Google is getting a little old-fashioned to promote its Google Voice service. It is installing telephone booths with the classic red look in airports and universities.
Google announced today that it will allow users to make phone calls directly from Gmail — because, apparently, I don’t spend enough time in Gmail already.
Only a month after Skype’s new chief development officer, Madhu Yarlagadda, joined the company comes news that he’s leaving due to “personal reasons”, a company spokesperson told the New York Times today.
VocalTec, the company behind the popular magicJack internet phone device, has an even more ambitious plan for delivering phone calls via the web: making them free. The company is readying a new product, dubbed magicTalk, that will let users make completely free phone calls from their computers, smartphones, and iPads, reports the AP.
The internet calling service Skype is finally gearing up for an Initial Public Offering. In a registration statement with the SEC, the company (whose CEO, Josh Silverman, is pictured to the right) announced that it intends to raise a maximum of $100 million through the offering, and that it will list the stock on the Nasdaq. The filing leaves some details ambiguous, so the actual IPO amount may end up being much more, or less, than $100 million.
Fring, the popular mobile voice, video, and text chat service, announced today that it was forced to remove access to Skype, following a major update to Fring’s mobile app.
Take that, smartphones! Dell is launching a new line of laptops for corporate users with features that make it a lot easier to use your computer as your main communications device.
Not too long after Apple dropped its VoIP restrictions on the iPhone, we reported that Skype was eagerly working on a 3G-enabled version of its iPhone application. Now we’ve learned that Verizon and Skype have teamed up for a 3G-enabled version of Skype mobile on several of its smartphones as well.
AT&T, the iPhone’s exclusive wireless carrier in the United States, said it has paved the way for Apple to let voice-over-Internet-protocol apps like Skype run on its 3G network instead of only on nearby Wi-Fi connections.
Guest Post (Editor’s note: Larry Golob is senior director of business development for Global IP Solutions, a technology creator of real-time voice and video over IP.)