Though Google is known for great apps, it’s not great at communication apps. Hangouts never quite rivaled Apple’s Messages, and its Messenger app is strictly utilitarian at best. In 2016, Google’s wiping the slate clean and launching a two-front assault on messaging with two new apps, Allo and Duo. Today, Google fired…
Facebook Messenger just introduced video calling. Since Messenger is supposed to be a full-fledged communication plaform, this feels a little overdue. But overdue doesn’t mean welcome: Now our Facebook friends have the ability to cold video-call us whenever chat is turned on.
Facebook’s relentless push to make Messenger happen is still happening, and you can now make video calls over data and Wifi with with Facebook’s messaging app.
How close does a video call come to replicating actual human contact? What if that call is the only contact you have with the outside world while in prison—does that change the calculus at all? Apparently so, for inmates in the District of Columbia Department of Corrections.
The boards have sent their approval, the money has exchanged hands and the regulatory hurdles have been overcome. Now it's time for Skype to officially become part of Microsoft.
The latest update to Qik's Android app has brought along cross-platform video-calling. That means Android 2.1+ users can bug iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad 2 users, and vice versa. The app also lets you share videos on your social sites, and send video mail—which is offered free until the 1st of June, and will cost…
Skype owns Qik now, but that hasn't stopped them from coming out with an iOS app to rival Skype's own. I guess if the family takes on FaceTime together, all the better for Skype. Anyway, Qik's Video Connect Plus app lets you video-chat over 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi, plus record video mail.
You can already voice-chat with your Facebook pals using Skype, so isn't it fair that you get to see their lovely faces too? A snippet of Skype code discovered in Facebook last year suggested it was on the way, but we're as yet to see anything materialize. According to Bloomberg, the two companies are back in talks…
It's only fair that Microsoft wants users of their phones to be able to video-call too, which is why talk of a WP7 app from Microsoft has reached dull-roar status. Blabbermouth employees and a leaked pic suggest it's coming. Updated.
Around this time every year, IBM surveys 3,000 researchers to find out what they think is going to be big in the future. This year, everyone's caught the FaceTime bug, and is looking forward to 3D hologram video calls.
Facebook and Skype integration! That's the rumor. But beyond the intermingling of two major tech companies, the important question is: how's this going to affect you?
We've been hearing for a while that Cisco was wanting to get down with Joe Blow on the street, so it's not at all surprising to hear that next week they're rumored to unveil a "cheap" home-telepresence product.
How often do you use Facebook Chat, the buggy IM service? If the answer is "hardly ever," then do you think you'd be keen on video-chatting, calling or SMSing with them through Skype instead?
Skype's latest Windows-only 5.0 beta 2 doubles their five-way video calling to ten. TEN. How does ten-way video calling look? Like this. If you add two. We could only get eight, and four of them was me.
Fring just updated their Android app to address the audio issues we saw (or I guess, heard) in our testing. Thankfully, the update will fix the sometimes bothersome echoing issue and also offer significant audio improvements. Which is good! Also, the Samsung Galaxy S gains support in the update, so there's now more…
This happens to me every single time I video chat with someone. And then once the chat disconnects, I keep wondering if I had a stupid look on my face in the final frame. [Doghouse Diaries]
Videocalling has been a sci-fi staple for decades. From 2001 to Back to the Future people chatting face-to-face from great distances was a way of saying "Hey, look, it's the future!" So does Facetime mean we're in the future?
On the surface, NY State assemblyman Felix Ortiz's push to ban iPhone videocalling from roads makes sense. It would be horribly unsafe! But then you realize that it would be impossible, and you shake your head.