At the Mobile World Congress, Pathpartner demoed a new Skype app for Android devices. Their new videoconferencing tool will enable for 720p HD video-calls over Skype. They’re still working on acquiring the app Skype-certified, and are hoping to create it a stock app on various handset makers’ devices.
The senior technical lead of Pathpartner, Alexy Mathew Joseph, demoed the new app. Pathpartner chose to demo the app on some Texas Instruments devices, but they say it’ll be compatible with other devices.
Video conferencing companies Pathpartner and Ittiam shared a stand with their offerings, the former pushing 720p HD Skype calls, the latter four-way video calls in which only a single participant need have an OMAP4-based device.
The Pathpartner system uses OMAP4′s crunching abilities to compress 720p HD into something a 3G mobile network could happily handle, and the TI Blaze developer unit running the app was hooked up to an HDTV to prove the quality was top-notch. Ittiam, meanwhile, were doing interesting things with four video streams, taking advantage of OMAP4′s video abilities to process four simultaneous connections.