Facetime is a very popular voice calling app for iPhone users, but since they don’t provide an Android version, what other apps could you use for video calling? Here are five apps that may meet your needs.
1. Google Duo
Duo is a voice calling app from Google that is designed to run smoothly on both Android and iOS. It can be used when the two participants have different devices, unlike Facetime. There are rumors that there will soon be a version coming for use on the Web.
Each person in the conversation has to be using the Duo app. It’s only for person-to-person communication and does not offer group calling. However, it does have a messaging option.
The app is easy to use. All you need to do is login and verify your number. The video quality is excellent, but if you are in an area where the bandwidth has issues, Duo will automatically adjust the quality of the video to keep you connected.
A unique feature of Duo is its Knock, Knock option. It plays the video stream of a caller so you know who is calling and get an idea what they might want before you answer the call.
JusTalk is a lesser-known video calling app, but Android users rate it highly. Like Duo, JusTalk is cross-platform, and you must both have the app to video chat. It also supports group chats and messaging.
This video calling app is powered by a compression algorithm, saving between 40 to 60 percent of the data used for an HD call.
If you want to have more fun while chatting, JusTalk lets you play games with the other person and create and share doodles. If you like to customize the look of your apps, there are different themes to choose from.
Is it nighttime and you are outside? JusTalk has a night vision option so the other person can see you on the screen.
It can capture photos and videos during the call without having to use a third-party screen recorder.
In-app purchases provide themes and personalizations and eliminates the ads. There is also a kids’ version of the app, and that does not contain any ads.
WhatsApp, run by Facebook, is the most popular video calling app with over one billion active users. It works across both Android and iOS.
If you like group chats, WhatsApp will let you video call with up to four people at the same time. One helpful feature of this app is the ability it gives you to reject the call and send a text instead.
While you’re on a call, you can switch to the rear camera at any time by tapping on the screen. You can also mute the microphone.
This app does not assume what your Internet speed is going to be ahead of time. It calculates the speed when you call and adjusts the video quality to work best with that connection speed.
Viber began as strictly a voice calling app .and now it also offers unlimited video calls and messaging as well. It is very similar to Facebook Messenger, but with more functionality. It’s more popular outside the United States.
There is no need to register for the app using usernames, passwords, or aliases. You just use your phone number. Their end-to-end encryption on all private and group chats and calls protects your privacy
Features of Viber include an easy-to-
]use compact interface, a customizable contact list, and hidden chats. There are also icons, gifs, and other interactive items you can use while messaging.
One downside is that the quality of the video may not be as clear as other voice calling apps.
The WeChat app works on all popular mobile platforms and desktop computers. Registering with WeChat is easy. All you need is your mobile number. It’s completely free.
This app comes with a video chat, video calling, and many other features. However, the user interface is not as friendly as other voice calling apps.
The video chat on WeChat is more like a walkie talkie. You press a button to talk, and your voice is recorded and sent to the other person. You can speak to many different people using this option. There is also an option to have a video call, which is a real-time conversation.
There’s no reason to envy iPhone users having the Facetime app. There are plenty of options to choose from in the world of Android that will fill that gap.