In 2003, Swedish duo Niklas Zennström and the Dane Janus Friis unveiled an app named Skype which can be used for video calling. They have revolutionized the way we communicate with our family, friends or colleagues today. Now there are hundreds of applications out there offering free video calls. But how can we find the one best app to start a video call? I have come up with 5 best video call apps for 2016 to help our users.
In 2004, Google introduced Google Talk which was discontinued later on. Now Google has redesigned its communication service and named it Hangouts, which was released in 2015. Google hangouts lets you video call, group video chat up to 10 people simultaneously, send personal messages with emoji, share files, make phone calls (charges applied). They have also integrated public, live broadcasting feature with Hangouts on Air. It works just like Facebook Live. It also has an extension for chrome users. But Google Hangouts is not free from technical problems especially when a user is trying to hang up a video call.
Pros & Cons of Google Hangouts
Download: Android, iOS
Skype can be found everywhere! Its compatibility stretches from smartphones to desktops, tablets, televisions, PlayStation, X-Box with 700 million registered users. It is the oldest from of apps to make video calls, do voice chats and send instant messages. But Skype is no error-free app. There is frequent background noise and call connections drop from time to time.
Pros & Cons of Skype
Download: All Platforms
Why I am mentioning FaceTime here is because it remains one of the most popular apps in the market and it can only be found in apple devices (built in video chat options for iPhones, iPads and Macs). If your friends or family are on iOS devices, FaceTime is simply the best option. But if you are a non-Apple person then Apple FaceTime is a non-existent solution for you.
Pros & Cons of Apple’s FaceTime
You may already be using Facebook messenger and making a billion calls every day! Facebook initially launched its video calling service through messenger to a very few selected nations (USA with 17 other nations) and now it has expanded the service to nearly everyone. It has gained its popularity due to a simple and easy to use interface. Though it has its own faults such as Facebook messenger can record your audio anytime without your permission (included in terms and conditions). Facebook is also forcing its users to download the messenger app. If you are happy with all these distractions and you have a powerful battery, then of course you are using one of the best video calling apps.
Pros & Cons of Facebook Messenger
Download: Android, iOS
ringID is one of the very few apps out there in the market offering high-quality video calls over a slow internet or sluggish internet connection. If you are starting to make a video call over a congested network, ringID is probably the best video call app for you. It boasts many other features such as Newsfeed, Media Cloud, Secret Chat etc. But ringID has its downfall as well which can be overcome with a simple update or two.
Pros & Cons of ringID
Download: Android, iOS, Windows, Desktop, Web
I have tried to review all these applications from my point of view. Now it is your turn to start the conversation: Which one is the best video chat app for the year 2016.