Apr 27 AT 1:28 PM Alberto Vildosola 22 Comments

On your mark, set, video call: Qik and fring fight it out for video call supremacy

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.

 


 

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://driftwoodfloating.blogspot.com Eric

    So which is better? I’ve used Tango and its not bad. Looking forward to a possible Google Video Chat release at IO in a few weeks (according to some random Samsung insider tweet Gizmodo or Engadget wrote about). Wonder when Skype lets us all video chat.

  • http://about.me/sbram Scott B

    Tango? Anyone… No?

    • http://Website Maximus

      Tango is Awful!

      I tried it on my Nexus S on Wifi at that! and it was painfully still slow and way too much Lag

      Im going to Try Quik and fring and see if they are any better

      • http://lettersfromdave.wordpress.com daveloft

        Give Tango another go, they released a major update recently and it’s quite a bit better.

        I also think many people will like the fact that you don’t have to make an account and find friends, it does it all for you.

  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    Do any of them actually work?

    • http://Website Thaghost

      Qik works on my g2x but not on my tab. Fring works on my tab but not on g2x. Tango/fring doesn’t recognize my ffc on the g2x…yet. I emailed them n they said they are working on it.

    • http://Website Thaghost

      Qik works on my g2x but not on my tab. Fring works on my tab but not on g2x. Tango/fring doesn’t recognize my ffc on the g2x…yet. I emailed them n they said they are working on it.

    • http://Website Thaghost

      Qik works on my g2x but not on my tab. Fring works on my tab but not on g2x. Tango/fring doesn’t recognize my ffc on the g2x…yet. I emailed them n they said they are working on it.

    • http://Website Thaghost

      Qik works on my g2x but not on my tab. Fring works on my tab but not on g2x. Tango/fring doesn’t recognize my ffc on the g2x…yet. I emailed them n they said they are working on it.

    • http://Website weirdroid

      Why doesn’t anyone know about Yahoo Messenger? It does video calling and runs on Android, iPhone4 and Windows PCs.

      • mavricxx

        OoVoO too, I think OoVoO has the advantage over these though. It runs pretty smooth and you can even call someone from your phone on your computer.

  • http://Website Paul

    Skype had better step up their game or I’m moving to Fring or Tango…

  • http://Website alexandroid

    I think it’s sad that Google is letting these 3rd party companies beat them in the video chat race. I used GTalk’s video chat on a Xoom I had and it worked great! Just port it to pre-3.0 devices already!!

  • http://muddypa.ws/blog Nick Portelli

    I don’t care which one wins…they need to talk to a non mobile device too, ie the desktop(laptop) ooVoo can…Skype? Get your act together skype. If Talk on Android did video….best ever.

    • http://lettersfromdave.wordpress.com daveloft

      Yeah I agree. The first service to have an iPhone, Android, OSX and Windows capability, wins.

  • http://Website Mark

    Hey, Alberto. I think it would be really neat if you could do a battle/review of sorts of the three main video chatting apps. Tango, Fring and Qik. Compare them side by side, note advantages and disadvantages etc. I have Tango an it would be nice to know what the others are offering. Thanks.

    • mavricxx

      Don’t forget Yahoo Messnger too.

  • mavricxx

    OoVoO ROCKS!!!

  • Uncemister

    lol those pictures are lol. they only wish it was that good a quality.

  • http://Website uop

    Please I’d like to know if these 2 apps provide FREE video calls even to foreign countries. I mean I’d like to video chat with my sister who’s in the USA, while i’m in Europe. Would that be totally free?

    Thanks.

  • G361

    Ive just tried qik and idk if its the signal or what it is but either their pic is distorted or she said ih sound funny

  • cath

    i’ve been trying out a video chat software by livecybercash – its full of functions, easy to use and best of all its free. a bit slow loading on my smartphone but i suppose i cant really moan. best of all its got cam2cam functionality which makes it like ur talking to the person in the same room.

  1. EricGuest 4 years ago

    So which is better? I’ve used Tango and its not bad. Looking forward to a possible Google Video Chat release at IO in a few weeks (according to some random Samsung insider tweet Gizmodo or Engadget wrote about). Wonder when Skype lets us all video chat.

  2. Scott BGuest 4 years ago

    Tango? Anyone… No?

    • MaximusGuest 4 years ago

      Tango is Awful!

      I tried it on my Nexus S on Wifi at that! and it was painfully still slow and way too much Lag

      Im going to Try Quik and fring and see if they are any better

      • daveloftGuest 4 years ago

        Give Tango another go, they released a major update recently and it’s quite a bit better.

        I also think many people will like the fact that you don’t have to make an account and find friends, it does it all for you.

  3. Do any of them actually work?

    • ThaghostGuest 4 years ago

      Qik works on my g2x but not on my tab. Fring works on my tab but not on g2x. Tango/fring doesn’t recognize my ffc on the g2x…yet. I emailed them n they said they are working on it.

    • ThaghostGuest 4 years ago

      Qik works on my g2x but not on my tab. Fring works on my tab but not on g2x. Tango/fring doesn’t recognize my ffc on the g2x…yet. I emailed them n they said they are working on it.

    • ThaghostGuest 4 years ago

      Qik works on my g2x but not on my tab. Fring works on my tab but not on g2x. Tango/fring doesn’t recognize my ffc on the g2x…yet. I emailed them n they said they are working on it.

    • ThaghostGuest 4 years ago

      Qik works on my g2x but not on my tab. Fring works on my tab but not on g2x. Tango/fring doesn’t recognize my ffc on the g2x…yet. I emailed them n they said they are working on it.

    • weirdroidGuest 4 years ago

      Why doesn’t anyone know about Yahoo Messenger? It does video calling and runs on Android, iPhone4 and Windows PCs.

      • OoVoO too, I think OoVoO has the advantage over these though. It runs pretty smooth and you can even call someone from your phone on your computer.

  4. PaulGuest 4 years ago

    Skype had better step up their game or I’m moving to Fring or Tango…

  5. alexandroidGuest 4 years ago

    I think it’s sad that Google is letting these 3rd party companies beat them in the video chat race. I used GTalk’s video chat on a Xoom I had and it worked great! Just port it to pre-3.0 devices already!!

  6. Nick PortelliGuest 4 years ago

    I don’t care which one wins…they need to talk to a non mobile device too, ie the desktop(laptop) ooVoo can…Skype? Get your act together skype. If Talk on Android did video….best ever.

    • daveloftGuest 4 years ago

      Yeah I agree. The first service to have an iPhone, Android, OSX and Windows capability, wins.

  7. MarkGuest 4 years ago

    Hey, Alberto. I think it would be really neat if you could do a battle/review of sorts of the three main video chatting apps. Tango, Fring and Qik. Compare them side by side, note advantages and disadvantages etc. I have Tango an it would be nice to know what the others are offering. Thanks.

  8. OoVoO ROCKS!!!

  9. lol those pictures are lol. they only wish it was that good a quality.

  10. uopGuest 4 years ago

    Please I’d like to know if these 2 apps provide FREE video calls even to foreign countries. I mean I’d like to video chat with my sister who’s in the USA, while i’m in Europe. Would that be totally free?

    Thanks.

  11. G361Guest 4 years ago

    Ive just tried qik and idk if its the signal or what it is but either their pic is distorted or she said ih sound funny

  12. cathGuest 3 years ago

    i’ve been trying out a video chat software by livecybercash – its full of functions, easy to use and best of all its free. a bit slow loading on my smartphone but i suppose i cant really moan. best of all its got cam2cam functionality which makes it like ur talking to the person in the same room.