Out at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event, a host of new developments are emerging to help shape the future of mobile as we know it. Vidyo (News - Alert) announced one such development via its VidyoMobile mobile videoconferencing system, which is set to be part of the Samsung (News - Alert) Galaxy S6 smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 is certainly powerful enough to accommodate VidyoMobile; it boasts a QHD display with a 2560x1440 resolution. Plus, VidyoMobile can work with Wi-Fi connections, and also over 3G and 4G wireless networks, giving users access to the system across the widest range of connectivity options.
Vidyo's CEO, Eran Westman, offered the following explanation for why Samsung brought VidyoMobile into its operations:
“VidyoMobile leverages the innovative features of the Galaxy S6 to bring the highest quality video conferencing experience to users in the home, office, or on the go. As a leader in the global smartphone market, Samsung will give millions of users an easy, high-performance means of connecting to Vidyo’s industry-leading visual collaboration platform and we are pleased that Samsung has chosen to feature VidyoMobile in the Samsung Galaxy Apps store.”
But Vidyo won't be alone in its demonstrations at MWC; rather, it will demonstrate how it integrates with Samsung's Flow, a technology that shows how both applications and data can move seamlessly across different devices. With Flow, VidyoMobile will show how it can pass a conference from a smartphone to a tablet, a development that should prove useful for mobile workers who return to a desk occasionally.
We all know the kind of power that videoconferencing can achieve for users. In addition to keeping remote workers in contact with the main office, it also allows customers better access to the business. When customers can easily ask questions or get more information, they will be more likely to buy; having easy ways to get in touch poses great bottom-line ramifications. Beyond that, there's quite a lot of psychological power in face-to-face meetings. While videoconferencing provides only virtual face-to-face contact, even this adds more psychological weight. Seeing companies like Samsung eager to bring videoconferencing tools in on mobile devices therefore makes perfect sense.
It will be interesting to see how many people react to videoconferencing as part of the Samsung Galaxy S6, or if anyone cites it as a deciding factor in making a purchase. While it may not tip many scales, the option is certainly there, and it could prove useful in the end.
Edited by Dominick Sorrentino