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After Steve Jobs first declared FaceTime to its iPhone 4 back into 2010, he said not only was it based on open standards, but that Apple will be releasing the FaceTime protocol itself as an open standard. This would enable third parties to make FaceTime customers for Android, Windows, BlackBerry, or another platform.
The easiest, simplest explanation is that Apple has reneged on Steve Jobs' guarantee to launch the FaceTime protocol within an open standard. Is there any way to use Facetime on Windows 7/8.1/10? This FaceTime for PC Windows proved too precious to them since a proprietary execution and thus they changed their strategies, and that is that. Whatever is surely possible, though my understanding is that the cause is more complex, and a lot more bothersome.
Back in August of 2010, approximately two months following the iPhone 4 has been declared, Apple had been sued by means of a patent holding firm named VirnetX above a "procedure for establishing a stable communication connection between computers of virtual private network". Apple refused to repay so that they moved to court. VirnetX continued including solutions, such as FaceTime, and apparatus, for example, iPhone 4s along with iPhone 5 into the lawsuit. In 2012, Apple dropped to the tune of about $368 million. Which may not seem like a great deal of cash to some business like Apple with more than a hundred billion dollars at the bank, however, Apple was also set to cover a lot more in continuing royalties to VirnetX to get a service that they were basically giving away free of charge.
Apple has not given up on Facetime for PC. Only the opposite. They declared FaceTime Audio within iOS 7 and continue to actively promote it, releasing a FaceTime daily commercial only last summer. While still asserting they did not infringe on almost any VirnetX patents, Apple started re-architecting FaceTime to experience relay servers and, therefore, work on the patent.
The FaceTime lawsuit is still continuing, also VirnetX nevertheless considers Apple is infringing on their rivals generally, lately including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPad Air, along with Retina iPad miniature into the lawsuit.
The way Apple originally imagined third-party FaceTime implementations functioning was not revealed. It resembles Apple would need to take care of apparatus identification, or develop a system which could take care of both Apple-identified and the third party identified apparatus. What is sure is that Apple never predicted to need to conduct all FaceTime calls via their own servers. Apple, historically, does not excel at internet solutions, and it is no doubt that a strain on their sources.
Adding Android consumers to this version, where they would need to undergo Apple's relay servers, is no-doubt that a non-starter. Were some other firm willing an able to utilize their particular relay servers, and equipped to connect to Apple system, they would continue to be subject to exactly the exact same lawsuit from VirnetX, who'd previously sued Microsoft, Cisco, along with many others.
I would very much like to watch FaceTime to get Android, FaceTime for Windows, also FaceTime for both BlackBerry and Linux. I would also still like to watch FaceTime united with iMessage. Given that the patent trolling, provided afterward relay servers, and also given the fact of this world we are living in, I simply don't believe we'll, and certainly no time soon.
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