Top 5 free video calling apps for smartphones and tablets
posted by Mihai A. / Oct 25, 2015, 11:54 PM
Instant messaging is one of the main advantages of owning a smartphone. Just ask yourself: what's better than being able to stay in touch with your family, friends, and coworkers from anywhere you may be in the world?
After the age of text-based instant messaging came and passed, came the era of voice calls, and we've seen some developers taking this idea to the bank over the past couple of years (Skype and Whatsapp are the best examples). However, while texts and audio are great and all, it turns out that more bandwidth, better cameras, and more processing power have already ushered in the next awesome feature: video calls.
In iOS, you can go straight to FaceTime within a regular call- and it will switch as soon as the other party accepts. A few questions: How do you know if the person you want to make a video call has hangouts (or other apps)? Can you flip the camera from front to rear during conversation with hangouts and other apps? Is it the same as FaceTime: just dial the number and press FaceTime from the call app or do you have to open a different app and send and invitation?
posted on Oct 26, 2015, 12:23 AM 1
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I still wonder if there are people living in caves ;p
posted on Oct 26, 2015, 1:10 AM 2
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No its not at all easy or convenient as FaceTime. 1. Simply click on 'New Video Call' option. It will show you a list of your contacts. The ones who have inverted commas on their thumbnail are the ones you can make video calls with. 2. Haven't tried it yet. 3. No. You don't need to leave the app to make a video call. However, I don't think you can switch a regular call to video call during a conversation.
posted on Oct 26, 2015, 3:19 AM 0
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1. How do you know the people you are calling has FaceTime? 2. Yes, you can flip cameras. 3. Yes, from contacts you can choose if you want to have a call, a video call or a sms. Nor knowing what other can do and asking that, thinking your favorite will have exclusivity, it is not pop up you in a good light. Enjoy all the platforms and choose what's fitting best your needs.
posted on Oct 26, 2015, 2:41 AM 0
How do you know if your contact has FaceTime? It's systemwide on iOS: for example, when you're texting with someone their bubbles show up as blue instead of green - then you know the user is on iOS, so they have FaceTime. Or: when you bring up contacts (either contacts app or call app) it will give you option for FaceTime among just call and text (if there's no FaceTime icon that means either the user disabled it on their iOS device or he doesn't have it). Or during the call (either regular call or FaceTime audio call) there is a highlighted FaceTime app that you can tap and switch to during a call. The reason for my questions: FaceTime held A LOT in my line of work (I'm a residential contractor). Unfortunately some of my customers use android - I want to assume that if they have android they have hangouts, that even if they don't know about having it on their phone I can still video call them without asking if they have it!!! On iOS device, I have facetimed customers that never, ever used FaceTime before - all they gotta do is answer the call. If I install hangouts, can I assume if I video call any android user he will be able to answer without any other setup? Also is the native call app tied to hangouts (or do I have to initiate a call from hangouts in order to be able to switch to video during a call). Stop assuming that I'm trying to troll. These forums are trolled so much that everyone (including me) are on defence, so I get it.
posted on Oct 26, 2015, 10:59 AM 0
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How face time is your #1 app? It works only on iOS. Though I have heard from people face time has good quality even on poor networks. But unavailability on all major platforms is serious drawback. Skype and hangouts are by far the best voice/video/phone calling apps.
posted on Oct 26, 2015, 1:13 AM 2
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As an Asian guy, I have a question for the author. Where the hell is Line?
posted on Oct 26, 2015, 7:07 AM 0
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