December 15, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
There are plenty of options of which to choose if someone wants to video chat on their Android phone: Fring, Qik, Tango, or Yahoo lead the way in that regard. But if you want to video chat with multiple people, whether they’re also on their video-capable Android phone or desktop webcam, ooVoo looks like the way to go.
ooVoo Mobile has provided conference calls on Android for several months, but an updated application enables groups of up to six people to video chat. That’s something the one-to-one services cannot offer, and is naturally an advantage for ooVoo in the enterprise market. Another edge for ooVoo is that it has ties to the cloud, so server-side encoding helps ease some of the lag and stuttering that may appear in other video chat clients. (It’s still best to be on 4G or Wi-Fi, but 3G will work).
All of this comes at a price. While two-way video chat is free, the group video capabilities will cost anywhere from $9.95 to $39.95 depending on what level of service and features you request. This may not be ideal for end users but could be useful for remote workers looking to keep in touch from their mobiles.
- Up to 6 participants in a call
- Import your contacts from IM, social network, email, or more
- Record and send video messages
- Alter your view in Full Screen Mode
- Record and store audio and video calls
- Text chat and share files instantly while on a call
video via GigaOM