Staying in touch with your loved ones living far away is no more a hassle. Advancement in technology has brought people closer through various channels of communication. There used to be a time when audio calling was something BIG! Nowadays you can watch the person behind the screen while talking to him with great ease.
There are a ton of video-chatting apps on Android but only a few of them turn out to be the best. Here is our list of the best video-chatting apps on Android.
Facebook Messenger is one the best apps on Android. Tons of people use Facebook and that includes most of the people you probably know. That means that you can do video calls with people without having to use a brand new service. It also works cross-platform so your iOS, Android and computer toting friends can join the fun.
Google Duo is essentially FaceTime on Android. It’s a simple live video chat service. It’s a pretty simple app, you open it, it ties to your phone number, and then you can get to call people. Whoever you’re calling must have Duo installed as well. The best part of this app is that it’s cross-platform. That means your iPhone friends can get on board as well. It has a few nifty features, such as Knock Knock which lets you see callers before you pick up their video chat call. It’s easy, free, multi-platform, and it works really well.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging services out there. It’s an entirely free service that allows you to text chat, voice call, and video call your friends. It’s cross-platform with virtually everything so it doesn’t really matter what your friends have. Additionally, you can send all kinds of stuff. The chats are encrypted which is a positive thing for the security conscious.
Viber is another application that’s been around for a long time. It initially started out as a calling app but has graduated to a messaging client and a place where you can make free video calls. The app boasts over 600 million users worldwide. That’s pretty impressive. There is also a social feature that lets you check the latest happenings in the world. It even has Android Wear support. Like others, the in-app purchases are mainly for things like stickers and it’s all optional.
Google Hangouts is Google’s most powerful chat app. With the release of Google Allo and Duo, Hangouts is slowly being dismembered and re-established as a business app. However, it still does chat and video chat exceptionally well. It uses your Google account to create an account. That means all you need is an email address to find friends. The video chat can have multiple people join at once. This one is also multi-platform and you can chat with people on computers, iOS, and Android.
JusTalk is a surprisingly good video chatting service. It boasts decent quality video on every kind of connection except for 2G. It also gives you the option of doing things like doodling on the screen while you chat, image sharing, and there is even theming. This is a cross-platform app and you can get your iOS friends in on it too. This app is free to use. The in-app purchases are for things like themes and other customization features. They are totally optional.
Everybody knows about Skype. It’s a heavy hitter in computer video chatting and it’s also on mobile devices. On top of cross-platform support, Skype is renown for its stability, popularity, and its many features. You can also text and voice call your Skype contacts entirely free with an option to buy minutes to call actual phone numbers. You can video with up to ten people if you want to. It works well enough to be a positive experience most of the time.
Tango is one of the oldest video chat apps on the Android platform and has had a lot of time to improve and expand over the years. It’s a full-fledged chat application that features text chats, free video calls and free voice calls. It has pivoted over the years to a more social platform. There are discover features and various other features to meet new people as well as video call the ones you know. It has in-app purchases, but they’re for in-app customizations and are totally optional. The platform is otherwise entirely free to use.