Select HTC devices will be certified Polycom-ready and optimized for RealPresence Mobile, which is expected to be available for download via the Android Market this year.
BARCELONA, Spain Polycom
Inc., a specialist in standards-based unified communications (UC), and HTC
Corp., a designer of smartphones, announced an agreement to collaborate and
enable Polycom RealPresence Mobile on select HTC smartphones and tablets in mid-2012.
As part of the agreement,
the select HTC devices will be certified Polycom-ready and optimized for
RealPresence Mobile, which is expected to be available for download on HTC
devices via the Android Market later this year.
RealPresence Mobile, powered
by the companys RealPresence Platform, is a secure, enterprise-grade video
software solution for mobile devices that extends the reach of video
collaboration beyond the conference room, allowing users on the go with a
mobile device to connect with other standards-based video systems including
immersive video rooms, group/desktop systems, laptops, tablets and smartphones
in high-definition quality. All elements of the RealPresence Platform are
currently available through Polycom's certified channel partners.
Video collaboration is a
critical application within mobile platforms, and offering Polycom's
RealPresence Mobile on HTC smartphones and tablets will provide tremendous
value and opportunities for our customers," said David Jaeger, executive
director of global enterprise and services for HTC. "Polycom's mobile
video application supports our commitment to provide authentic audio and
amazing imaging on our devices, and together, we can now extend this experience
to our enterprise customers."
The announcement continues
Polycom's initiative to make video collaboration ubiquitous by delivering
user-friendly, standards-based software to anyone, across any environment.
Polycom announced RealPresence Mobile for tablets in October 2011, and at the
conference this week, announced RealPresence Mobile is now also available for
smartphones. The agreement is focused on the opportunity presented by today's 1
billion mobile workersmore than a third of the world's total workforce,
according to a report from IT research firm IDCand prepares for the expected
growth to 1.3 billion mobile workers over the next three years.
customers are seeing the consumerization of IT; employees are bringing their
favorite devices to work, and they want them supported on the corporate
network," said Sue Hayden, executive vice president of strategic alliances
with Polycom. "Our new relationship with HTC helps customers embrace this
trend, ensuring mobile workers and road warriors can enjoy high-quality mobile
video collaboration solutions from anywhere without sacrificing quality,
security or reliability."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.