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 the first volley with its FaceTime clone, Duo.
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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.
Skype's been powering Facebook's video chat feature since July, but its new apps for Windows and OS X now let you use the Skype client to directly make video calls to your Facebook friends.
Skype consumer head Neil Stevens confirmed that the next thing planned for the Facebook-Skype partnership is the ability to call from Facebook to any phone in the world.
Last you heard, Fring's Group Video was still in beta - not anymore. Fring's four-way video call feature has gone live for all Fring users, whether you're on iOS or Android, and it works over Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G.
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 June 1, and will cost thereafter.
Google's said to be working on video-calling for the Gmail app, says a tweeter who claims to "work with Samsung". His tweet read "Just had a video call using gmail on Nexus S. Impressive quality @googlenexus Gingerbread 2.3.4 #io2011", and as he used the I/O hashtag it's believed Google will announce the addition at their big developers' conference in just a couple of weeks.
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 materialie. According to Bloomberg, the two companies are back in talks about launching video-chat, presumably this year.
We've compared a few of the most popular video chat programs on the desktop before, but now that Skype can make video calls on iOS, we took a look at both Skype and FaceTime to see how they measure up.