IM+, the popular instant messenging app for iPhone and iPad, could very soon support video chat. According to a TechCrunch finding, SHAPE Services, the developer behind the app is in the process of acquiring CrispApp, the developer of the fone app. fone, also known as Facebook Messenger, is an app that allows Facebook users to place free calls over the internet. As part of the acquisition, SHAPE got access to CrispApp’s Intellectual Property, which also included code for unreleased video chat apps. The developer is currently including these new capabilities into its own apps, and plans to launch a new video chat app soon, called IM+ Video, that will allow its users to chat over the internet (audio and/or video). The new app will be in direct competition with heavyweights such as Skype, and is expected to be free.
SHAPE Services, the company behind the immensely popular, cross-platform IM+ messaging applications (and then some), has agreed to acquire CrispApp, the Hong Kong based developer of the fone app for iOS. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but we’ve poked around and learned that the purchase price was approximately $200,000. […] There are currently roughly 12.5 million registered IM+ users, and SHAPE’s system process about 1.7 billion messages and 750 million ad impressions per month.IM+ Video could quickly gain a large share of iPad video chat users, as besides FaceTime, which is limited to iOS and OS X users, the iPad doesn’t offer many cross-platform video chat apps – for instance, Skype still hasn’t released a full-blown, native iPad app.