Monday, 12 March 2012
Polycom and HTC to Deliver Polycom® RealPresence® Enterprise-Grade Video Collaboration to Smartphones and Tablets
Polycom, the global leader in standards-based unified communications (UC), and HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today announced an agreement to collaborate and enable Polycom® RealPresence® Mobile on select HTC smartphones and tablets in mid-2012.
"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."
As part of the agreement, these 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™ in mid-2012. RealPresence Mobile, powered by the Polycom® 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 easily connect with other standards-based video systems including immersive video rooms, group/desktop systems, laptops, tablets, and smartphones in HD quality.
"Increasingly, our 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 Strategic Alliances, 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."
Today's announcement continues Polycom's drive to make video collaboration ubiquitous by delivering easy-to-use, standards-based software to anyone, across any environment. Polycom announced RealPresence Mobile for tablets in October 2011, and on Monday at Mobile World Congress 2012, announced RealPresence Mobile is now also available for smartphones.
The Polycom and HTC agreement is focused on the opportunity presented by today's 1 billion mobile workers – more than a third of the world's total workforce – and prepares for the expected growth to 1.3 billion mobile workers over the next three years.
Polycom and HTC expect RealPresence Mobile to be available for HTC smartphones and tablets mid-year 2012. All elements of the Polycom RealPresence Platform are currently available.
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Posted by Shane Humston