Video conferencing is an amazing way to keep in touch with your colleagues and friends. Gone are the days when webcam chats were fuzzy and unclear – thanks to high-speed internet. Today, video chats have become high definition. Be it your colleague or family and friends halfway across the globe, high-definition video conferencing becomes normal. Here are ten amazing apps for video conferencing.
Best HD Video Conferencing Apps
We’ll start with the most popular one.
Skype is the most popular app for video conferencing or video chat and it has been acquired by Microsoft recently. To make a video conference call, you need to have an account on Skype which is free and can be easily created. You can make a video call to another person with a Skype account and they may be located anywhere in the world. Skype has the group call feature in which up to 25 people can be joined in the call at the same time. It also has the call forwarding feature which redirects the call to the phone if not available on the computer. It also has the feature of sharing screens.
2. Google Hangout
Google Hangout is a simple and powerful app for making video calls and it is available for all platforms including Android,iPhone, tablets, etc. You don’t need a separate registration to use the hangout. Just log in to your Gmail account and click the video icon in your contacts list. It also supports group call in which up to 10 people can join the conversation. The screen sharing feature is also available.
Viber was previously used only for text chat and it has introduced the video call feature recently. Unlike other utilities for making video calls, it does not require any name or registration as it uses the phone number as an identity. You can make a free video conference call to any user who has this Viber utility free of cost. It is available for Windows and Mac.
Bluejeans is a professional video conferencing app best suited for business purposes. It is basically a cloud service and does not have any software or installation. It is ideal for conducting business meetings across the world as it supports up to 25 endpoints per meeting. It is a secure service with the privacy needed for confidential business discussions. It also has the option of sharing videos.
ooVoo is a high-quality video conferencing app and is completely free. The main features include group calls between 12 people at once, recording the video conversation and uploading it to YouTube, leaving video messages to people if they are not available (like voicemail on phones), sharing the screen, etc. It is available for Windows, Mac as well as Android, and iPhone. To use the app, you have to download it and create an account or sign in with your Facebook account.
Tango is a simple but good-quality video conferencing app. You can create a free account with Tango and call any person who also has a tango account. It uses the data plan or Wi-Fi on mobile phones to make calls so that there is no extra cost for using this app. Apart from video calls, it is also used to make audio calls and text messages. It is available for platforms like Android and Windows.
7. Fring (No longer available)
Fring is basically a mobile application that is used for making free video calls. It supports 4-way group video call showing the pictures of all four persons at the same time. Other than video calls it also has a feature named fringout which is used to make phone calls to any country at a low rate. It supports both iOS and Android phones. Apart from video calls, it also supports voice calls and instant messages with other fring users.
Camfrog is a free video chat app that can be used to make video calls with not only friends but also strangers or your friends whose contact details are not known to you. Like Facebook, you can search for friends here and talk to them. The app is available for PC and Mac as well as for Android, iOS, and Windows mobile phones. Apart from video calls, voice calls, instant messaging, status updates, etc are available on Camfrog.
9. Qik (No longer available)
Qik is a mobile-based app for making a two-way video conference call with other users having this app. It is also used to record and share videos instantly across users. It is also used to send and receive video mail like email. It supports more than 100 models of mobile phones including Android, iOS, and Blackberry.
iChat is basically a mobile app used for making a video chats and it is developed mainly for the Apple devices like iPhone,iPad, etc. To make video calls using iChat you need to have an account in any of the following AOL Instant messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo, etc. It also supports group calls.
So, there you have it. The best HD video conferencing apps for business and personal use. Which one did you try?