Saturday, November 19, 2011

Latest Y!M Update Brings Voice & Video Chat to My Galaxy Mini

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!

7 comments:

  1. hello,
    i have the same phone and i also installed this add-on. But don't you find it annoying that your camera uses to much of the display and you can barely see the image from the person you video-call with? Do you have any idea how to reduce the size of your camera image on your screen?
    Thanks

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  2. Hello Razvan!

    From the article: "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."

    Yes, it is very annoying. But I hope it's only a matter of time until the developers issue an update to fix it. As it is now, I couldn't find a way to reduce the size.

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    1. hope samsung android people notices this and fix the cam yaaa i cannot too reduce the cam size

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  3. It worked before on my Mini, and now it doesn't seem to be compatible with my mini galaxy. could it be a problem with my settings or something?

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    1. Hmm... It works for me. Is the call being made at least? Maybe the person you are trying to call doesn't use a compatible YM client?

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  4. It worked before on my Mini, and now it doesn't seem to be compatible with my mini galaxy. could it be a problem with my settings or something?

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