British mountaineer Daniel Hughes and HTC One just secured their own footnote in the history of mountain climbing with the first video call made from a smartphone on top of Mount Everest.
Hughes has used the HTC One together with Inmarsat’s Broadband Global Area Network service (a satellite Internet service), to talk live to BBC News from the peak of the highest mountain in the world.
The image and sound quality came out pretty good, considering the conditions, as you can see in the video below. Note that the low resolution and stuttering were likely caused by the limited bandwidth and big latency that is typical to satellite connections.
The most impressive moment of the call is, probably, when Daniel shows everyone the view at his current location, which is absolutely incredible.
The HTC One is an integral part of Daniel Hughes’ kit (HTC is also the lead sponsor for Hughes’ adventure), as he’s trying to achieve his dream of putting a red nose on top of Mount Everest. The ultimate goal is to raise £1 million for charity Comic Relief, which fights poverty and social injustice around the world. Currently, Daniel Hughes’ efforts have only raised a little over £40,000, but hopefully his luck will turn.
While the HTC One may have been keyed, knifed, and hammered in the past, this stunt most certainly takes things to a whole new level and helps Android climb even more (literally).