I just returned from vacation a few hours ago, but am heading to the Sprint store in a couple more to pick up my own HTC EVO 4G device. One of the new features on the EVO 4G is the ability for video chat and this capability is powered by the new Qik software for the Sprint HTC EVO 4G that is available now in the Android Market. Check out the video below to see a sample conference call/video chat taking place on the HTC EVO 4G. The new version of Qik also supports Video Mail, My Videos, and the ability to live stream video and all of these additional functions are supported on other Google Android devices. You will need a Sprint HTC EVO 4G for video chat and this app is specifically labeled for the EVO 4G in the Android Market.
Video chatVideo chat is the new app just for the EVO 4G that lets you chat via video from your phone. The other person needs to have a supported Qik client on their smartphone and at this time that means another EVO 4G, but I imagine that will soon expand to other phones like the rumored next generation iPhone with a front facing camera. If you call someone who does not have a supported device then they receive an SMS with a link to watch the video live on their mobile browser.
You can toggle between the front and back camera and every video is archived automatically as a private video on your Qik account so you can later access you conversations.
This new functionality does come with a price of $4.99/month. Video chat is FREE for both the Standard and Premium subscribers, but for $4.99/month you do get higher resolution video support along with a few other features mentioned below. From now until 15 July you will be able to use this for free so you can try it on your EVO 4G to see if you end up using it and want to pay the $4.99 monthly fee. This will be their new Premium service and as you can see in the chart the premium plan also allows you to record with video quality higher than 640x480, gives you unlimited video archiving, lets you snap photos while recording (coming soon), and lets you send an unlimited number of Video Mail messages.