AOL Intros AV by AIM Video Chat Service

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AOL introduced its new AV by AIM video chat service on Friday. Instead of requiring an application to handle video chats, AV by AIM runs in user’s Web browsers.

AV by AIMAOL’s AV by AIM

AV by AIM supports up to four people in a video chat, doesn’t require users to log in, offers Google and Facebook support, and of course a Web browser. The video chat service is Flash-based, so for now it’s limited to desktop computers, although AOL is looking into options for mobile devices including the iPhone and iPad.

AV by AIM is free to use and is available through the AOL Web site.

[Thanks to Gizmodo for the heads up.]

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3 Comments

Lee Dronick

“The video chat service is Flash-based”

One of the security settings in the the latest Flash is to allow it or not to use your camera.

Dave Hamilton

One of the security settings in the the latest Flash is to allow it or not to use your camera.

Flash has always asked the user before enabling the camera or microphone. It’s one of the few things it did correctly. wink

Mikuro

The video chat service is Flash-based, so for now it?s limited to desktop computers…

Does it not work on mobile devices with Flash support? If not, any explanation as to why?

<nitpick>Let’s not redefine what a “desktop” is. My MacBook Pro is not a desktop, but can run the same Flash as any desktop. raspberry </nitpick>

This news is nicely timed after the Skype buyout. I’m sure a lot of users are interested in exploring their options.

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