Summary:

The latest version of the messaging and social app Fring for Symbian devices now integrates video calling over Skype using the integrated camera on your handset.

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It’s difficult for me to imagine, but I’ve been using Skype for five years now. It’s a must-have tool for me and it became extremely valuable when it moved beyond simple voice calls and gained video capability. It’s about to get even better for many users thanks to fring. The latest version of fring for Symbian devices now integrates video calling over Skype using the integrated camera on your handset. Supported devices include the Nokia X6, N97 mini, N97, 5800, N95, N95 8G and N82 devices.

The folks at fring tell me that this is just the first round of supported devices and that many others will be added — even the iPhone. That one stumps me a bit due to the lack of a front-facing camera. On an iPhone, you’ll be able to see your caller just fine, but he or she will be looking away from you, if that makes any sense. I expect that it would really be a one-way video channel in that case.

Here’s a demo to give you an idea of what it looks like with two-way video.

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