What are the alternatives to FaceTime for Android? Whether you are an Android addict jealous of FaceTime or a recent convert from iPhone who misses some iOS features, well, my friend, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a collection of ten alternatives for you to happily video call your friends and family across the globe. These are also essential for those of you who have long-distance relationships, trust me some are must haves!
As most of us know there are only really two major operating systems on the market, iOS, and Android. Both have their respective pros and cons, and which one is the best really does come down to personal choice that is often reflected in the type of OS you use on your home computer. Both operating systems have a massive swathe of features and applications that outperform their competitor’s. FaceTime, for example, is a very good feature of iOS that some “feel” is left lacking on Android, but is this true?
Top 5 best Alternatives to FaceTime
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In the following article, we’ll take a look at some great alternatives for your precious Android device. Without further ado here is our list of ten Alternatives to FaceTime for Android.
Google’s Hangouts service provides both real-time chatting and video. It has the advantage of utilizing your Google ID to allow it work across many platforms, which is nice. It works great on your Android phone, your home PC or even your Mac Desktop! This application replaced Google Talk as the native application for Gmail a couple of years back and it has undergone refinement every since, as you’d expect.
Hangout works beyond simple person-to-person connections and supports multiple-person conversations for up to 10 members. There is also a mobile version for iOS if you want to test against FaceTime. Google Hangouts has an advantage over FaceTime through its data latency management. This allows you to use it over your regular network data connection rather than restrict you to use over WiFi. This is a real boon. To top it off, Hangouts voice calls are completely free! You can also message-chat 100 people at the same time!
What are the alternatives to FaceTime for Android? For most people, Skype is probably one of the first you’ll mention. It has been around since 2003 and can be thought of as the long-toothed veteran of video chat services. Skype still holds strong in the market and for a good reason. It used to share a back end of the music sharing system Kazaa. Skype grew steadily in 2011 and when it was acquired by Windows to replace Windows Live Messenger. This makes it the standard service for Windows OS phones and is very reliable on other platforms.
Early versions of Android didn’t work perfectly with your phone’s address book and adding contacts was less than easy. The 5.0 update in 2014 finally sorted this out, however. It now works harmoniously with Android and gives you easy access to your existing contents.
No not Google’s AR Project Tango, this is a distinctly different thing. If you want a fully fledged replacement of FaceTime for Android, Tango might the way to go. You’ll also need friends who are willing to switch to this as well. It was initially released in 2009 and unlike others on the list Tango is built specifically for Android. There are iOS versions and Windows versions but Google’s Android is its native platform. This gives you great hardware optimization, smooth user experience, and excellent call quality.
Ever heard of ooVoo? Maybe you have but for most, it might as well be in Greek. This is one of the latest up and coming video chat services on the market. It is rapidly building traction and has a large user base. ooVoo was initially launched on Windows in 2007, moved to mobile in 2011, first on iOS and later on accommodated Android. The company made their SDK public in 2013 allowing developers to add ooVoo video chatting functions to their own apps! Nice! This allowed them to grow their user base and push their tech into the public domain.
WeChat is another very popular communication app out there which can be an alternative to FacTime for Android. To date, it has around 100 million users worldwide. WeChat is a complete communication package and offers voice calls, texting and of course video calling. It is cross platform and all its services are free to use. It has some unique features such as group chats for up to 500 people, stickers and the like. Video calls are free from anywhere in the world between users, as you’d expect.
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