There is no way to manipulate the front-facing camera that the HTC Evo ships with, meaning third-party developers can either vendor-lock with HTC to deliver their solutions or … well, that’s it. I’m pretty bummed out about this for several reasons:
- Forget Skype until at least Android 2.5
- The arms race has already started, meaning more vendors will soon be shipping products with a camera unusable by developers
- Apple’s video-calling implementation is built on open standards, opening up the potential for reimplementation on other devices and platforms
Could you imagine if an open reimplementation of Facetime was operating over 3G before Apple’s own solution? The devious part of me loves the idea.