The internet is getting cheaper day by day, and the means of contacting are becoming more and more sophisticated. Many applications provide tools for connecting with friends and family. Free audio and video calling is now available but wasn’t here a decade ago; people had a bad experience because the connection was not stable or the web cameras were not compatible. We can now use a mobile data link to make a video call, and not only that, but there are apps available that have multiple features to make video calling much fun. You can make conference calls to your friends and family, which allows more than five people at a time. Innovating technology has made us a few clicks away from face-to-face conversation anytime and anywhere.
FaceTime is a built-in video calling app for iOS users only, and it comes in Apple devices. This app is as secure as it is full of features. It can make both audio and video calls with such clear quality that you assume the user is right next door. In FaceTime, users can add up to 32 people in one call, and the quality will now move from good to bad. The app imports the contacts from your device and configures them with the app so you can see who is available on this app. Some features it includes are creating favorite for quick access, switch to both cameras, use emojis and live emojis, stickers, and much more.
BBM is a video calling app specifically designed for BlackBerry devices, but it is also available on Android and iOS devices. The app has seen a lot of ups and downs since the release, and it has made some improvements in the interface, usability, GUI factors, and functionalities. It was a primary messenger, and recently they added a video calling feature. The interface of the app is intuitive and clean, the users have a pleasant experience using this app, and there is no reason why this app should not be part of apps like FaceTime. The app is free but offers in-app purchases to get rid of ads and add more features to improve user experience.
ICQ is an old application and has been around since the 90s. It features messaging, audio, and video calling modes. The app is highly encrypted, so whatever conversation you are having is hidden from the developers as well. The interface is a very initiative, and GUI provides an attractive look towards the application. ICQ features, speech-to-text for voice messages, ability to create your stickers, high-quality video calls, animated 3D masks, group chatting with unlimited participants. ICQ is free to download but to unlock additional features. It offers an in-app purchase. On data networks like 2G and 3G, web connections are secure and stable and even comes with a password lock for security.
Hangout is a video calling application designed for Android devices, but the popularity of the app has made it cross-platform. It has all the features of the messenger. The app is free and does not require a purchase. Users can add the contacts in the app and make voice and video calls to friends and family. The first and primary function of the app was to send and receive messages. The interface of Hangouts is easy to walk through with an easy-on-eyes GUI. The video calling feature of the app can add up to ten recipients in a single call, and group chats can add up to 150 members. The messaging feature can contact you even if you are offline.
JustTalk is a free multiplatform application that offers a messenger’s functionalities. Its primary focus is on the video calling mode and put other features on second priority. The app requires your Facebook account to help you connect with your friends and family circle in less time. The interface of the app is straightforward, and the GUI of the app is attractive and clean. There are no group limits on JustTalk, and the user can add, block, or remove other participants. The features of the app includes are voice messages, high-quality video calls, sharing stickers, photos, videos, and much more. User can take a photo during a video and save in the user’s library. The app is private and secure, which means even developers can’t access your account.
KakaoTalk is a viral video calling and messenger app that is free to download but requires an in-app purchase to access additional features. KakaoTalk has over 150 million users worldwide. It is a fast multi-featured application that sends messages, photos, videos, voice notes, and current location making user experience more fun. It works excellent on data packages, and allows the user to consume fewer data, works fine with profound connections like 2G, 3G. The interface of the app is user-friendly and easy to navigate. The app allows you to see who reads your messages, will enable you to connect to PC, schedule appointments, and much more.
IMO is an application which offers facilities of highly encrypted messaging, video and audio calling, the encryption and security features are fantastic in the application. It imports contacts from your contact directory from your device. The app supports both iOS and Android devices, and the interface is straight forward and smooth in interaction. The app offers many facilities like high-quality video calls, allow group chats and conferences video calls, data sharing. IMO works fine on lo data packages like 3G and LTE and avoid consuming unnecessary data. It includes unlimited stickers, avoid SMS and phone call charges. The app is free and does not offer any in-app purchases.
Skype is a telecommunication application that was initially designed for desktop and laptop computer systems but reached out to mobile devices because of the features it provides. An app that specializes in providing video calls between computers, mobile devices, and a few gaming consoles. It has improved and expanded its functionality features to a lot more features to give the user the all-in-one experience. The high-end encryption and different security features make this app reliable for business and personal use. Some aspects of Skype involves audio and HD video calling, call recording and live subtitles, smart messaging, cell phones, private conversations, and screen sharing. The interface of the app is highly intuitive and presents a clean and navigating GUI. Skype is a free application for all devices, but few features like calling phones require some payments.
Tango is a multiplatform application that provides facilities of messaging, audio, and video calling. It has become a way to connect and share information, including group chats, games, phone calls, music, and more. Tango features an excellent interface and the GUI designed by keeping the user’s ease in mind and improving its calling experience. The app can be download for free, but there are some features that this app offers with in-app purchases. The app has grown over the years and has become a full-fledged messaging and calling service. A key feature of Tango is that it lets you find new people to talk to if you are bored or lonely. There is a facility of group chats that you can enter to talk to people about similar interests.
LINE is a cross-platform application that offers messaging, voice, and video calling features. It has about 600 million users active worldwide. The app allows its users to get instant messaging, social networking features, group chats, and a lot more. The interface of the app is designed intuitively, so the user has no problem changing and adding information in the app. LINE registers users using their mobile devices by importing the contact list from the phone directory. It is a free app but offers an in-app purchase to unlock additional features. The users can add groups, have conference calls with multiple recipients because the encryption and security feature of the app is state of the art.
11. Google Duo
Google Duo is a video calling app developed and maintained by Google Inc. The application is free to use and can run on multiple platforms. Google Duo is a high-quality video calling app in which calls made in 720 pixels, consist of an intuitive interface and clean GUI. The app has a unique feature that allows users to see who is calling before you can answer the call. If the user is not available, the app will enable you to leave a video message that video is saved in your camera roll, too, for you to edit and send it to multiple people. Google Duo quickly adapts the data network if the WiFi is not working.
WeChat is a cross-platform application that allows the user to make video calls in high quality and offer multiple features like messaging and voice calling. This app takes deep space and provides top functions. The app has about 100 million installations and users around the world. WeChat offers a unique feature called “Friend Radar,” whose purpose is to let you find a new friend on the base of your location. The interface of the app is intuitive and straightforward; the GUI of the app is clear and allow a user with a simple layout. WeChat is free to use but offers an in-app purchase that will enable you to use some additional functional aspects of the app. Features of WeChat include real-time location, sharing media files, sticker gallery, custom sticker, better security, and various more.
Viber is a cross-platform app for making free phone calls, but the functionality improved from that to messaging, audio, and video calling mode. Many features are added with every update every year. Viber features include free international calls, private and secret chats, sending text messages, broadcasting messages to various recipients, open group chats, and many more. The app allows you to make high-end secure video and audio calls, in message mode, it includes pre-installed GIFs stickers and many other options. Viber can sync to multiple devices, free to use, and does not require any purchase to open additional features. When using a data network, the app automatically consumes fewer data to save users’ costs.
Instagram is a social media app where users can like, comment on the media shared by their followers. It works on both iOS and Android devices. In late 2018 the app installed a feature of video calling. The user is allowed to share, record the video during a call, and can add many participants in a single call. Instagram has improved its social feature, which will enable you to find a new friend, and without adding them to your following list, you can start a video call. The app is free and does not require any in-app purchase; all the conversation; calls are highly encrypted and secure. The interface is straightforward, and the GUI is clean.
15. Facebook Messenger
Facebook is the most critical social application, started from a website, and now can be avail free of cost on any cross-platform mobile device. This enormous platform has launched an app called messenger, which allows its user to access their Facebook friends and chat call and video call with them. Messenger also enables the user to make a video call to those people who are not on your friend’s list. The interface of the application is easy to navigate and user-friendly, the GUI is clean, and the layout is customizable. The security feature of the app is highly encrypted. Facebook massager supports data network connection and consumes less data, but the video quality is not affected by it.
WhatsApp is an application developed basically for making free calls over the internet using contact numbers. This application requires no purchase and less space featured with backup and file-sharing capabilities and a high-end encrypted conversation module. The interface on this app is easy to navigate, and GUI provides a simple structure that any user beginner or expert can efficiently utilize. Some core feature of WhatsApp involves, reliable and straightforward messaging, multiple groups creation, connecting the device with a computer over an internet connection, sharing moments via updating the status, sharing documents and media and much more. WhatsApp consumes less battery life of the device and consumes less data on a weak connection like 3G or LTE.