Samsung Galaxy Tab Gets Video Chat App Via Samsung, Polycom Partnership

By Jennifer Lawinski

Unified communications software vendor Polycom has entered into a deal with Samsung to develop standards-based video applications for the Android-based Samsung Galaxy tablet PC.

The applications will be embedded on the tablet PC and will allow users to participate in video conversations from the mobile devices, combining directory and chat capabilities.

"Polycom’s differentiated strategy is to deliver innovative UC solutions on partners’ mobile platforms, as opposed to creating proprietary systems," Sudhakar Ramakrishna, Polycom’s general manager of UC products and chief development officer, said in a statement.

"Unlike other mobile video applications, we believe the Polycom application will drive a network effect for users and businesses by enabling the Samsung Galaxy Tab to connect with each other, as well as other standards-based telepresence and video conferencing systems and applications."

Polycom’s UC Intelligent Core infrastructure enables cloud-based unified communications systems delivery to enterprise users, and works with both mobile and desktop systems.

The Galaxy Tab, unveiled in September, is Samsung’s answer to Apple's iPad, and with the Polycom bundle, it also competes with other vendors’ tablet PC offerings being marketed as mobile unified communications devices. Avaya launched its Atom-based Flare Experience tablet and communications platform in September. In June, Cisco announced it will offer the Cius, an Android-based tablet PC designed as a mobile communications and collaboration platform for businesses, in early 2011.

 "Video communications is a critical UC application within mobile platforms, and the combination of high quality and open interoperability is critical to driving customer value," Dr. Hosoo Lee, executive vice president and head of the Samsung Media Solution Center, said in a statement.

"We are partnering with Polycom due to its unparalleled HD video and voice quality, to bring a best-in-class, standards-based video communications experience to a wide range of UC applications and devices, including the new Samsung Galaxy tablets and Samsung smartphones."

Research firm IDC projects tablet sales will grow from 7.6 million in 2010 to more than 46 million in 2014.

This article was originally published on 2010-11-08