There’s a race going on in the video call world, and both Qik and fring just stepped on the gas. Yesterday, Qik announced that its Android app will now allow everybody to video chat. Until now, this feature was only available for phones that had the app pre-installed like on the HTC EVO 4G. From now on, all Android users will be able to video chat with their Android/iOS-toting friends over WiFi, 3G, and 4G. The app also features:
- High resolution video calling (up to VGA)
- Receive video mail when you can’t talk live
- Send video mail free trial
- Share live videos to Facebook, Twitter, and more
- Video Feed: See all videos shared by friends
- Instant Connect: Automatically see who in your phone’s contact list is available for a live video call
We’re happy to see Qik open the video-call door to all Android users, instead of exclusively launching the feature on a few phones. To get your video-calling on, follow this link.
But not so fast Qik. Earlier today, fring was like “Oh no you didn’t” and went ahead and announced group video-calling for its Android app. You no longer have to show that awesome cloud to just one friend, you can now show it to your friend’s cousin, your brother and your dog all at the same time. According to fring, this is possible thanks to the company’s DVQâ„¢ technology, “that delivers the highest quality video for all four participants.” Ready to video-call three friends and tell them how awesome Android and Me? Follow this link.