Video Calling

Facebook expands free video calls to more countries

Just almost a month ago, Facebook introduced free video calls through its Messenger app and opened it to just 19 countries initially. They did promise that it will be coming to regions other than North America and Europe pretty soon. Well, they have confirmed today that they indeed have fulfilled that promise by rolling out this feature to a global audience, give or take a few countries. But even those who don't have it now will eventually do so, once quality has been improved.

Facebook now lets you do video calls via Messenger

Facebook seems to be giving its messaging service Messenger a lot of power lately. After introducing a whole bunch of great features these past weeks, they now bring what may be the most useful yet: the ability to make free video calls through the app itself. The social media giant wants to keep it at par with a lot of messaging services in the market, particularly its erstwhile rival, Apple, whose Hangouts is one of the most widely used free video call services (known as FaceTime).

Viber 5.0 brings video calling to Android devices

Viber has announced that it has updated its Android app to version 5.0. The key new feature in the updated app is that users can now get video calling on their mobile device. Other enhancements and features are also included in the new update.

Verizon’s Advanced Calling 1.0: HD voice and video calling

The much-awaited Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology that is set to revolutionise how we make and receive calls is coming soon for Verizon subscribers. They’ve announced the rollout of their HD voice and video calling capability - called Advanced Calling 1.0 - in the next few weeks, a little behind competitors AT&T and T-Mobile but ahead of other US carriers.

Hangouts for Enterprise now allows use without G+ account

Google’s Hangouts has been coming out with a lot of new features in the last few months to make it the default mobile and desktop communications app. Now, it’s the turn of Hangouts for Enterprise to enhance how it can be used to maximize “face to face” digital conversations within your business. The most important update now is that you can now use Hangouts without having to sign up for a Google+ account.

Google Hangouts gets HD video streaming, leaves H.264 behind

While you probably haven't noticed any differences while enjoying a quick Google Hangouts video chat lately, there's some big ones coming. Some might have already received Google's latest improvements, but most will be waiting for a greater rollout later this month. So what's the big change? 720p HD video streaming with Hangouts. The move from the H.264 video codec to VP8 is almost complete.

SmartVP brings video calling and Android apps to the hard-of-hearing

Recently the company Purple Communications announced a new service and product called SmartVP. This is the first of its kind true HD videophone option for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing, and it also works quite well with a host of Android apps. SmartVP combined the latest technology with our good friend Android, and added a wide array of smart apps and features to transform how deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals communicate. Read on for more details.

Vonage Mobile app update adds video calling

Vonage has detailed and released their latest Android app update. This update deals with the Vonage Mobile app and while there are a few notable changes, it looks like the big addition this time around is video calling. The video calls, similar to the regular voice calls are free for those calling another Vonage Mobile user.

Skype for Android updated with portrait calls on tablets, more languages

If you're one of the many still using Skype for video calls in this day and age, we have some good news for tablet users. The Android app for one reason or another has just failed to impress, and has been riddled with little issues or lack of proper support. Today Skype was just updated in the Play Store adding new languages, and better tablet support.
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