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The best video calling message apps for Android

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The best video calling message apps for Android
Actions speak louder than words, and for the times when twisting your thumbs to explain something with chat messages doesn't cut it, there are video calling apps that can relay your facial expressions, or let you soak up the surroundings at the other end of the line.

A lot of the big messaging and chat apps are now offering video calling functionality, but there are some lesser-known gems in the Play Store that are built from the ground-up with face-to-face time in mind. A good video call app has to be very careful with the data packages utilized for the stream, so that it doesn't bust your monthly carrier allotment in a session. At the same time, it has to sport decent video compression algorithms, if you don't want the frugal streaming pipeline to garble the video quality. Given that you are also relaying sound with the video, the audio function has to behave, too, relaying your voice loud and clear to the other end. 

We are rounding up some of the best video calling apps that you can currently find in the Play Store - once you go video, it's hard to come back, unless you suffer a bill shock with your carrier.

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posted on 09 Apr 2014, 06:52 4

1. GMS85 (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Hangout and tango are the best!

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 07:00 3

2. arenanew (Posts: 286; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


only skype is good its look premium rest are totlaay for cheap and add maker

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 09:25 1

6. Reality_Check (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


The definition of troll in the dictionary might have your nickname besides it.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 07:17 1

3. Akfred (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


Skype and oovoo for me,

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 08:17

4. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Skype..

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 08:37

5. antmiu2 (Posts: 370; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


skype, tango or hangouts

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 09:32

7. mobi_user (Posts: 152; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


Need to try out ooVoo, and Fring. Hangout is a real crap for me.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 10:59 2

8. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Skype is pathetic and it seems to have got stuck after it was bought by Microsoft. It drops even audio calls and features like conferencing are only available for pay.

Hangouts is by far the easiest to tell almost anyone to setup, since almost anyone has a Gmail account already, and audio or video calls, especially conference video calls, work flawlessly out of the box. I can even switch devices seamlessly, from a laptop to a phone when having to go somewhere, in the middle of a call and miss no bit of it.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 11:36

9. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Besides my Hangouts video quality being terrible, how do you just make a call, not video call?

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 13:42

10. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


You don't, not on Android. But on iOS, yes. Go figure...

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 00:48

11. GMS85 (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


LMAO, just turn off that camera!

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 06:10 1

12. hassansmith (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jan 2015)


I would like to recommend one free message and voice/ video call - VoxyPAD. It's available for iOS, android and windows PC. It is an advanced communication app which allows users to share and co-handwrite on documents, web-page, map.... it's interaction is good as well as easy to use, that will work for team/ remote working, group studying.

posted on 22 Jan 2015, 01:42

13. briansmith (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jan 2015)


I have been using many apps for my discussion with my friends. However, all of them are really difficult for us to join.

posted on 26 Jan 2015, 20:42

14. younglian (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jan 2015)


Most of meeting apps now use the ID meeting to invite people to join. It's somehow inconvenient and takes time. Business can take advantage of those since they have plan and schedule, but not for small groups or startups (like my team). Tried the voxypad app before, it's nice. You can try it and start a discussion with a call. hope this helps.

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