May 26 AT 8:13 PM Taylor Wimberly 16 Comments

Fring is first to bring video calling to Android and Sprint EVO

Android phones like the HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Galaxy S now include front facing cameras, but there are not many apps that take advantage of this exciting new feature. Google has yet to add support for dual cameras to the Android SDK and app developers have been working with the carriers to support these new devices.

Sprint chose Qik as their streaming video app to include with the EVO 4G, but the current version loaded on the phone does not support video calling yet. I had been trying to gain access to the latest beta to test this new feature out, but I’ve had no luck so far.

Thankfully Fring has stepped up to the table and updated their popular messaging application to support front facing cameras and video calling. The app just went live so I have not had the chance to test it with other EVO users, but that is on the agenda for my next YouTube video I film.

Fring has yet to update their blog with additional details, so check back later for a full report. We will test video calling over 3G, 4G, and WiFi.

Source: Fring

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  • Dylan Andersen

    wimbet let’s test this bad boy.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Doesn’t look like the new version has hit the Market yet. I just installed it on my EVO and I don’t have the video call button.

  • http://Website jr

    Is this only for the go or does it work with the Droid and the n1? “Video calling” I mean I know the app works.

    • http://Website Tes

      Would be pretty useless on those two handsets seeing as they don’t have front facing cameras no?

      • http://Website Jonathan Harford

        Tes, when you learn about mirrors, your mind is going to be BLOWN.

    • http://Website Chito Manas

      I purchased a two way mirror for my Motorola Droid from now you have a Droid with a front facing camera. We just tested it today, the video is very good, the audio is bad using the Fring application.

      Skype blocked Fring from using their network, you can only use the video call to call another Fring user. Yahoo video call is not supported in the Verizon Wireless via Fring.

      The good thing that we can use Fring on Verizon Wireless 3G and not only thru WIFI like the HTC EVO and the iPhone 4.

  • http://Website Mike

    Any news whether this is legit? Source of info? This was written before the author authenication.

  • http://Website jrock

    Did anyone notice that his EVO was white at the back! Same as the video from awhile back of the supersonic!

  • http://Website realgt

    this video totally explains Fring’s user interface design….this guys on crack!

    he should get outta his own way and create a professional skin to be taken seriously. i know some people ‘like’ the fring UI but i would be embarrassed to demo this to my iPhone friends because they’d think it was a kid’s joke app.

  • Clark Wimberly

    Really wanted to give it a try but Fring keeps telling me I have no active internet connection (when I clearly do). I thought maybe I had my login wrong and it was just spitting out an incorrect error message so I tried to do password recovery on their site and that doesn’t work either. Add on the fact that the video calling feature isn’t even present in the app and you’ve got three strikes.

    Maybe they should’ve waited a bit before making the announcement…

  • http://Website De

    No video button on my Evo… guess the latest release isn’t on the market yet

  • http://Website LE` What?

    Have any of you actually added another Fring user and THEn tried the video feature? It works fine on an HTC HERO (with 2.1 and a crappy rear facing camera) which means it should be working fine on an Evo.

  • http://Website Le` What?

    …Btw, I tested it with my buddy @work who used a Backflip….

  • http://Website T

    Looks like I’ll be using this service for video chatting instead of Qik. Fring=free and Qik=$4.99/month.

  • VoIP software

    Good to hear that, I have been using Fring for years, it’s really good.

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