Up until today, trying to download and install the Yahoo Messenger Voice & Video plugin was an impossible mission on my Samsung Galaxy Mini from Orange, even though my device seemed compatible with the requirements. I was starting to believe my Mini was simply underpowered and the 600 MhZ processor was unable to handle video calling.
But, when I woke up this morning, a Yahoo Messenger update was waiting to be installed. Once it was done, I opened it up, quickly pressed the "Options" button, selected "Install Voice & Video plugin" and, lo and behold, the respective Market page appeared and allowed me to seal the deal.
Even so, I highly doubted it would actually work, so I asked my girlfriend to log into her Yahoo Messenger account on the PC and made my first Video call from the Galaxy Mini. Result? CRASH! Undeterred, I cleared the RAM and made a second attempt. Result? IT'S ALIIIIIVEEEEE!!!!!! Yep, I could see and hear (at a reasonable quality - limited of course by the crappy camera on the Mini) whatever was transmitted from the PC's webcam/microphone and viceversa.
There's one weird problem: on the phone screen, my video overlays the video that comes from the PC, which makes no sense and I hope a fix is on its way.
Note that the test was made on a Wi-fi connection, I've yet to try video calling on 3G. When I do, I shall update this post. Update: on 3G/HSDPA, a connection couldn't be established.
Sadly, a Linux Y!M client is still missing in action and until that is fixed, I am upset with Yahoo! Hmph!