Thursday, January 26, 2017

Top 5 Free Video Chat Services

There are many video chatting services out there, but only a few truly stand out. Here are the top 5 video chatting services available for free.


5. FaceTime

FaceTime is incredibly simple to use. Simply open your FaceTime app on your phone or laptop and call your friend. It's that simple. However, there are some cons to it.
Pros:
- Simple and intuitive
- Mobile-friendly
- Can flip video on mobile
- Good video quality

Cons:
- Not available for non-Apple/old Apple products
- Not available in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, or Pakistan
- No text messaging
- No group calling

While it doesn't have many cons, the downsides that FaceTime does have affect the product a lot. The fact that it's not usable if you are trying to call someone with a non-Apple/old Apple product or you are using a non-Apple/old Apple product cuts out a huge slice of the userbase.

4. Messenger Video Chat
To use Messenger video chat, simply open up Facebook or Messenger, go to the top right and click the film camera icon that's to the right of the phone icon. Once you click this, you'll be redirected to a separate window, where a loading animation will play along with the profile picture and name of the person you're calling. When they pick up, you'll see a fairly standard video calling platform, where you can enable video, audio, fullscreen, change the settings, or end the call. Here, the screen will mostly be filled with the other person's screen with a little inset screen of your camera.

Pros:
- Most people have messenger
- Simple and intuitive
- Mobile-friendly
- Can call a group
- Can flip video on mobile

Cons:
- Only works on Chrome, Firefox, and Opera
- Not available in China or other countries where Facebook is blocked
- Bad quality video

3. ooVoo
ooVoo is pretty simple to use. First, you download it, open it up, and then add your friends by their username or phone number. After that, you can call them or message them. It's similar to Skype.

Pros:
- Available on almost all platforms
- Mobile-friendly
- Can call a group
- Can text message
- Can record video calls

Cons:
- No voice calls
- Outdated interface
- Not a particularly large user audience



2. Google Hangout
Google Hangout is a video chatting service that a lot of people have heard of, and it's extremely useful. FaceTime users will be familiar with the interface. It's very simple, you just click on someone to call them. You can do video calls, group calls, and messaging.

Pros:
- Available on almost all platforms
- Simple and intuitive
- Mobile-friendly
- Can call a group
- Can call mobile numbers
- Can text message
- Can message a group
- Integrated with other Google services

Cons:
- No voice calls
- Infrequent updates
- Not optimised for back-to-back encryption





1. Skype
Skype is one of the most popular video chatting services out there. It's extremely useful, and used by almost everybody. Here are the reasons why it's my number one pick.

Pros:
- Available on almost all platforms
- Simple and intuitive
- Mobile-friendly
- Can call a group
- Can call mobile numbers
- Can text message
- Can message a group
- Can share screen

Cons:
- Bad VoIP security


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