There are so many video chat apps out there that it’s very hard to pick the right one. Most people just download and install the one that the majority of their friends use and stick to that. But if you are interested in which one is the best choice for you, here is an overview of the features found in Facebook Messenger, Google Duo, Skype and FaceTime.
This Messenger is probably the most used one of the four apps with its 900 million users worldwide. This huge user base is also something like a guarantee that most of your friends are using it. Facebook Messenger also offers mobile to web video chat which is something special because it doesn’t limit the user to a specific type of device.
However, Facebook Messenger does have its downsides and one of the most important one of them is the lack of a good video quality and the fact that users can’t make video group calls.
Google Duo is a newcomer video call app that can be best described as simple and easy to use. On Android, the app has a Knock Knock feature that gives users a live preview of the caller which is pretty awesome.
Unfortunately, the app is limited to Android and iOS-based mobile phones only, so there is no PC compatibility (yet).
You’ve all probably heard of Skype by now because it’s one of the oldest video messaging systems on the market. It was launched in 2003 and has since invaded most of the computing systems that we use like PCs, tablets, smartphones, game consoles.
It offers so many types of calls like regular calls, group video calls, live translation of 7 languages and many more, which can make it a little confusing. In fact, it offers so many features that the only real thing that is wrong with it so far is that the translation feature is not available on the iOS or Android Skype version.
This app is only available to you if you’re an iOS-based device user or a Mac user. It’s very easy to use; all you have to do is to tap the FaceTime icon in your Contacts panel. Unfortunately, it does not offer group calls or text chat.