Video chat is the next big thing as an Internet communication media. Video chat surpasses the mainstay Internet communication mediums of text chat and Voice over IP (VoIP). While video chat as a technology has been around for several years it was always plagued by technical difficulties due to the immaturity of the Internet technology on which it was dependent, and it never gained full popular support due to complex installation and set up. Most users who were used t talking on the phone did not want to be strapped down to their home computer in their home office in order to make calls. In this article I list several Android based video chat apps
Skype is the number one Voice over IP application on the net today. It was one of the first services to offer Voice over IP and has continued to thrive over the past ten or so years. In addition to video chat, it also offers its well known fair of stable voice over IP and text chat instant messaging. Skype also allows you to share and update documents between chat party members. Skype is available on just about all flavors of Android for all the major mobile device hardware platforms.
Fring is a communication platform app very similar to Skype, It offers text based instant messaging and Voice over IP as well as video chat capabilities. While both Fring and Skype allow users to make voice calls outside the Skype and Fring networks to regular cell and land lines, Fring is the more economical solution. Right now, Fring offers off network calls for 1.1 cents per minute, compared to Skype’s more expensive 2.3 cents per minute. The one drawback to Fring may be its reach, however. While Skype obviously has a much larger user base due to its long established presence in the Internet communication platform market, Fring also does not have a full desktop/laptop solution. Fring’s mobile only nature of its apps automatically limits its functionality and availability to many Internet users. If you need a solid mobile solution to video chat with the additional need to use out of network Voice over IP services, however, Fring is a good option for the frugal consumer.
The funny sounding app called ooVoo is another communication platform app that offers the similar communication functionality fare: voice, text and video capabilities. While not as inexpensive as Fring for out of network calling, it rides a firm middle ground between Fring and Skype at 1.8 cents per second. Unlike Fring, however, ooVoo does have a full desktop/ laptop version. The unique thing about their full version is that it is integrated seamlessly into Facebook. ooVoo also allows users to have video chat sessions of up to six people at the same time. This is a basic service for ooVoo offered for free and while it is offered on Skype, it is part of their $60 premium service.
Tango offers very basic services around video chat and Voice over IP communication. It does not offer a multiple video chat user option, nor does it allow out of network calls. Tango does, however, position itself as a full social media portal. Not only does it allow for live streaming communication, but it also provides email to its users and the ability to record and save videos that can be tagged for later and saved so you or your friends can find them again easily later. The premium offerings include increasing your storage space for your saved media and the ability to directly send video media over email.
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