With more technologically advanced mobile phones hitting the market, it’s not unusual to find people using their phone for purposes other than just making phone calls. Built-in cameras used for both video and still photos are all the rage these days and the touch-screen interface has taken the mobile world by storm. But what ever happened to video messaging? As the UK blog Dial-a-phone points out, video messaging has been around for quite sometime now but hasn’t been used that much since its debut.
Mobile video messaging, according to them, was already present back in 2003 when T-Mobile launched it with the Nokia 3650. Unfortunately, it was only limited to subscribers using the same phone thus the low turn-out in usage and popularity. Back then, only a few models featured a camera and high-bandwidth connectivity features, but today, these are common traits that you can find in most phones. Add the fact that 3G/HSDPA networks are on the rise and one would think the market is ripe for its second-coming.
While I do appreciate their optimism with regards to the resurgence of mobile video messaging, I do feel that the lack of a standard in mobile video messaging will greatly impede its growth. True, there are 3rd party applications that can address this, but not everyone is inclined and willing to exert the extra effort just to make use of the service. Unless there is one particular standard that will be implemented for it to become accessible across all platforms regardless of brand and network, then I don’t see it becoming a popular means of communication anytime soon. Don’t get me wrong, it will be used more often today than before, but it won’t share the same status that SMS has today.