June 13, 2012, 11:26 AM — Avaya plans to extend video support for its Flare communications interface to the iPad, Windows PCs and Android devices during the next year and half, according to company executives.
Weeks after Cisco announced it would drop development of its Cius tablet, Avaya executives have said they are not giving up on the company's tablet, named the Avaya Desktop Video Device (ADVD). But, while the ADVD will still be available, the company is focusing resources on developing the software applications to extend Avaya's Flare communications interface to other devices.
Avaya already has an app to run Flare on the iPad, called Flare Communicator, but it only works with audio, instant messaging and presence functions. Avaya expects to include support for videoconferencing before the end of the year, says Mark Monday, vice president of product management for Avaya endpoints. The company hopes to roll out video support for Windows PCs on the Flare platform this year as well. Support for videoconferencing on Android tablets will follow next year, says company spokesperson Deborah Kline. "We're going to continue to invest because customers continue to ask for new features," says Monday.
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But, even as Avaya says it plans to work on both the hardware are software side of its video collaboration platform, analysts say the real focus for Avaya will be on extending Flare and the underlying platform that powers it, named Aura. Flare and the Flare Communicator are merely applications and the user interface to access the Aura platform, which the company monetizes, says Gartner enterprise communications analyst Steve Cramoysan. So, it's in the company's interest to extend the services across as many devices as possible.