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.
Now that the iPad app is out of the way, Skype's next priority is Windows Phone. And the software company is not wasting any time.
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.
On Tuesday we reported on AIM's kind-of-sort-of-secret new video chat site. As of today, it's official, and it's just the beginning of a new direction for the hoary chat service.
You guyzzz, BlackBerry's PlayBook tablet can also do video calls! It's only over Wi-Fi, but considering that's the only model that's actually on sale now, I think we can live with that. From tomorrow, PlayBook owners can download it over-the-air through an update, or by checking into the BlackBerry App World.