Over the last few years, Apple has received tough competition from Google and the company has also managed to loosen up its grip on the market. However, Apple’s FaceTime is effective, slick and possess all the characteristics that make it popular in the industry. Still, there is a need to explore all the options that are existent in the market. Let us look at the other available options and where they stand in this stiff competition –
Hangouts – It is compatible with iPhone and Mac, it can be considered a plus point, taking into consideration how inefficient Apple is while sharing sandbox. As per Search Engine Journal, the best part about Hangouts is that most of the people are already using it. There is a strong probability that you might be using it. In order to use, you need to have a Gmail account, (a majority of the people are having it). It does come with all the standard features which comprise of video and voice chat, along with group videos and provision of instant messaging, which you could use in order to contact more than ten people simultaneously. Everybody have friends and relatives, it’s a good space where you can have a gala time together. But, having said that Hangouts does tend to hang up and it also consumes additional time to make the contacts disappear which have been deleted.
Facebook Messenger – Launched in 2011, the app is capable of sending instant messages on various platforms. Recently, the app received the added the feature of video calling and it is a new kid on the block in this platform, moreover, it lacks being a feature-rich app. However, if your friends are using Facebook and have the messenger, it surely does come handy. Group chat is one of its key features where you get to message your group at once. Using the app, you can snap and share images and shoot videos straight from the app with a click. You don’t have to limit yourself while calling to some other country anymore, you can talk free of cost to any part of the country.
Skype – This app does not need any introduction, as it has become one of the preferred apps to have a video across the globe. It is one of the frequently used apps both at domestic and professional levels. One of the key features of Skype is that you can make video calls to the android users as well. A few years back, Skype faced criticism as below unresponsive and slow for both iPad and iPhone but overtime significant changes have been made to the app. The app is quite popular amongst android and iPhone users. The key reason behind its extensive usage is that it has an easy to understand interface that makes it easier to use, irrespective of the platform you are using. It makes it a practical alternative to FaceTime for making video calls. Its interface is very easy to understand and makes it easy to use, no matter what platform you’re using. All these elements make it a practical alternative to FaceTime.
Tango – This app has been termed as one of the best apps for video calling by the users across the world. The main reasons behind is that it comes with easy to use and well-designed interface. With this app, it is easier to import the contact list of your phone and Facebook friends as well. It comes with a separate feature that helps you get in touch with the people nearby and strike a one on one conversation with them, you can also become a member of the chat room and join a conversation as well. This, surely, is a fun feature that helps you to build new friends and get to interact with people that may have similar interests. If you are interested in using Tango then it is imperative that it is being installed on both your and your friend’s mobile. Make sure that you are over 17 years old in order to download the app.
Fring – If you want a video chat app, then this is apt for you. With the help of this app, there is no need to login to some other account if you switching from mobile to tablet. The best thing about the app is that it allows you to have a video call with three of your friends simultaneously.
The downside of the app is that it don’t come loaded with modern features and offer only basic features. If you own an iPhone, Fring will work fine. You can quickly sign up and it is much easier as well. This helps you to have a group chat with your friends in a matter of minutes.
So there you go, you can make a choice from the above-discussed video calling apps that you can use if next time you face problems with FaceTime. If you are still not able to download these apps or face any other related issues, you can get in contact with the Apple customer support service to get an instant solution for your issues.
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