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Fring brings group video calling to iPhone and Android with new beta

Fring, the perennial thorn in the side of Skype and other VoIP apps on the mobile platform, has now brought group video calling to the table in its latest beta. Having been the first to launch video calling on the iPhone, fring's limited beta is available for both iPhone and Android devices, and brings free video calls with up to four people in a mosaic layout as show to the right. According to...

Qik Video Connect for iPhone offers video calling, messaging, and sharing

Fresh off its acquisition by Skype, Qik has shown that it's business (and development) as usual for the popular video app. At SXSW, Qik unveiled its new Video Connect app for iPhone which allows users to participate in video chats as well as record and share videos. In addition the free version, there will be a $2.99 Qik Video Connect Plus app. Paid users will have access to a number of slick...

Yahoo Messenger for Android now does video calls, Yahoo Mail for Android updated

The Android apps for Yahoo's two most important services -- Messenger and Mail, have received updates. Both apps now support contact sync between Yahoo Contacts and your smartphone's address book. Yahoo Messenger for Android finally has built-in support for video calls, a feature that Yahoo has announced a while back but that until now has only made its way into Yahoo's iOS apps. There are...

FaceTime on an iPhone 3GS with FaceIt-3GS

FaceTime, once the privilege of the iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch owners only, can now be had, sans Apple's blessing, on the iPhone 3GS. Thanks to the iPhone Islam team (English translation), a jailbroken iOS and Cydia, iPhone 3GS users can now get in on the FaceTime action using FaceIt-3GS. Of course, there's one snag: try as they might, app developers couldn't overcome Apple's...

FaceTime comes to the Mac, beta now available for download

During an event in Cupertino this morning, Apple has announced FaceTime for Mac. A beta version of the application is already available to download. This partially addresses one of the biggest gripes FaceTime users have had with the service -- lack of support for video chatting with people on their computers. It only partially addresses it though, since it's only available for the Mac as of now...

Skype 5 for Windows has Facebook integration, group video calls, and a redesigned interface

Skype for Windows has officially reached version 5. The most important feature addition is, as expected, Facebook integration. Group video calls, a feature that has been available in Skype 5 betas, has also made the jump to the stable version. Some work to clean up the UI has also been done. The new Facebook tab brings your News Feed into Skype and lets you post messages, comment, and like...

New Yahoo Messenger for iPhone and Android will have video chat

In true Apple style, FaceTime is both a neat reinvention of a previously uninteresting space and a service that comes with certain limitations. So if being constrained to Wi-Fi-only video calling and only if both ends use either an iPhone 4 or the newest iPod Touch are the kinds of things that annoy you and only hinder your use of mobile video chat, rather than make the whole experience user...

Google adds enhanced video chat to Gmail Labs

Google is working on improving the quality of its video chats, adding a new opt-in feature to Gmail Labs. To get higher resolution video and a bigger video window in your chats, go to labs and enable "video chat enhancements." Google has apparently found a way to enable widescreen mode and pump up the video quality without causing a huge drain on your system resources, which is important in a...

FaceTime video chat to hit Windows and OS X desktops soon?

FaceTime, Apple's video chatting protocol, is currently still limited to the newest iOS devices. That might change soon, though, with the next version of Apple's iLife suite of apps. French Apple site Mac4Ever is spreading the rumor that FaceTime will hit the desktop as part of iChat on OS X and as its own Windows app. FaceTime could catch on big time once it's untethered from iOS devices, but...

Rounds provides fun and intimate video chat via Facebook

This morning, I had the pleasure of chatting to a charming British expatriate currently living in Israel. We started with Skype but quickly moved to Rounds' new Facebook video chat app. It took all of 60 seconds to be won over by Rounds and the cute, intimate conversations that it catalyses. In a single sentence, Rounds is video chat with a bunch of buttons that you can push to make things more...

HP Gabble is a private, family-friendly video message service

When it comes to video chatting options, you've got the app for the tech-savvy (Skype) and the web app for talking to strangers (Charoulette). But what if you need your privacy, and also don't want to install any desktop software? Gabble is a new web service from HP that tries to fill the void between Skype and Chatroulette. Gabble has Chatroulette's simple web app setup, but with the...

FacePlant brings FaceTime chat status and visual voicemail to the iPhone 4

So, you've got a new iPhone 4, and you love FaceTime, but you're finding it's just not that useful. It's hard to know when friends are actually going to be on Wi-Fi and available to take a FaceTime call, so you've stopped using it after those first giddy test calls. It sounds like you need FacePlant! This free app with a silly name was produced by the team behind the successful 12seconds video...

iChatr: Apple's Facetime gets its own Chatroulette clone for talking to strangers

Remember Chatroulette, the faddish video chat service that lets you talk to random strangers? Well, it's got a new best friend: Apple's FaceTime on iPhone 4. Thanks to a free app called iChatr, iPhone 4 owners can FaceTime with other random iPhone 4 owners. Like FaceTime itself, iChatr requires you to be connected to a Wi-FI network. There's no logging in with iChatr, you just jump straight to...

Qik video chat on Sprint's EVO 4G will be free, after all

It's exciting that Sprint's 4G network will be able to support services like video chat and YouTube on the upcoming HTC EVO phone, but it's a bummer that a $10 "premium data" fee will apply for these bandwidth-intensive applications. There was a story going around -- even on our sister site, Engadget -- that Qik would be charging another $4.99 a month for its video chat service, on top of Sprint's...

Google buys a VoIP company, might build a Skype competitor

Is Google getting ready to go toe-to-toe with Skype in the voice-and-video-over-IP market? Google's move to purchase a VoIP software maker, Global IP Solutions, certainly suggests that it might be a possibility. GIPS is an established player that currently provides Internet calling for companies including Oracle, Samsung, Yahoo!, and AOL, and it could add a lot to Google's current VoIP offerings...