Whatever happened to Apple's FaceTime open standard?
These were Steve Jobs' exact words, spoken almost three years ago at Apple's 2010 Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco: "We're going to the standards bodies, starting tomorrow, and we're going to make FaceTime an open industry standard."
It was an announcement that surprised many in the audience, and was initially lost in the general excitement over the iPhone 4. However the idea of having the FaceTime video chat functionality available in more devices and applications represented a huge opportunity for the industry. Although a lot has happened since then--Jobs' passing, a number of new iPads, iPhones and iOS updates--it is a promise that seems unlikely to be fulfilled anytime soon. Meanwhile, third-party companies are trying to use workarounds to offer FaceTime-like capabilities to developers, meaning video chat could soon become an important consideration in the design of apps and mobile games. Feature