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It's a brave new world with the addition of video chat on the Sprint HTC Evo 4G. And what better way to break in Fring's new free video calling service than with one of our deepest darkest competitors dear friends in this Android world. In the video above, we chat it up with Taylor from Android and Me -- both of us on the Evo 4G. It wasn't the smoothest connection in the world -- though I was on WiFi and Taylor's in a 4G town -- but it's video calling, and we're glad to see it.

 

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Hands-on with Fring video calling on the Sprint HTC Evo 4G

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Earlier it was mentioned the front facing camera display is sdrawkcab -> backwards on the EVO....
Does Fring suffer from this problem???
I wonder...

HTC has said that they will provide an update soon... It is easy as pie to use the software to mirror the image to the desired result. think photoshop

I would believe it's a phone issue more than an app issue. Taylor appears to be driving a right hand drive vehicle - and unless he's in England/Australia/Japan/New Zealand (any others?) - I think it affects Fring too.

Just chalk up "Everywhere else in the World Except the US" . . . Because thats pretty much how it is...

As for the opposite thing... the need to work that out...

The app is in beta... definately not the connection. 4G can upload download video data with ease. Heck even 3G is technically fast enough.

Wow... anyone else think video calling while driving is a really bad idea? Just because we can, doesn't always mean we should. I can see this getting outlawed (with good reason) real fast. The technology however is awesome.

cool concept, needs some improving though (choppy, feedback issues, possible lag)

you should try testing the lag, one way of doing that: first have him use headphones, then if you count to 5 over the phone, have him say "5" in sync with you as he hears you say "5"... so when you hear him say it back.. that'll give you an idea of the full loop delay

You most certainly need headphones for this kind of thing. Otherwise you get the "can you turn your radio down?" effect.

HOW DOES THIS WORK EXACTLY CAUSE I DOWNLOADED IT AND MY WIFE DOWNLOADED IT AND IT DOESNT SHOW AN OPTION FOR VIDEO CHAT. THE TEST CALL WORKS FINE THOUGH. WE BOTH HAVE DROIDS.

Wow... that was pretty atrocious. I can't see this being useful on anything beyond a "Hey this is pretty cool" level.

This has been the case with cellular video calling for years, hence its not being widely adopted. I get the feeling that as cellular and wimax improve speeds the carriers are finally going for it just to have a "gee whiz" feature to advertise but I doubt it will ever really take off in any big way. Might even end up being the new annoying thing the way push-to-talk had every moron and his brother walking around the mall and treating you to not one but *both* sides of his inane conversation. "Where you at" indeed.

As much as I hate Apple, I must say that I'm interested to see how they take the video calling approach in the next iPhone.

Folks,

I'm not sure the flipped video is a bug. Fire up your webcam and check. My Macbook is reversed exactly like the EVO. Just like looking in a mirror.

The least I could say about this predicament is........

AT LEAST THE AUDIO IS'NT REVERSED OR WE'RE ALL IN TROUBLE!!!

lol
:p

yeah video calling came in went here with rogers. I look forward to when it comes on the iphone and everyone acts as if it is unheard of technology.

on the flip side rogers did it with devices with crappy front cameras so it was even more of a novelty than anything.

@EVIL
I assume they did it through skype, is that the same service you are using

that audio is absolutely terrible. maybe the audio sounds worse because of the video camera's audio capture; still . . . major fail.