Video chat has been there for several years. It can now be done from almost anywhere, credit going to smartphones which has data connections. Tablets, Laptops and smartphones have in-built front facing cameras making video chat within everybody’s reach.
Skype is also a great option for video chatting. Skype is available for Mac, Windows, Linux PCs, Android tablets and phones, iPads, iPhones and other devices. Launch Skype, create user account as well as add the friend to contact list. Install Skype, create a user account and add a friend to your contacts list. To initiate a video chat, click Video Call button. The process is the same as far as using Skype app on smartphones and tablets are concerned.
Facebook offers Video Calling feature which allows you to initiate video chats with Facebook friends. This is provided by Skype but limited to Facebook friends.
Google Hangouts has been included on tablets and Android phones making it accessible to many people. Those users who have a free Google account can make use of hangouts through web browser on Mac, Windows, Linux or Chrome OS. Google offers iPad and iPhone apps. Hangout has become very popular.
Hangouts can be accessed from Google + or Gmail from the web. A video chat can be executed with ten people at a time for free on Hangouts. However if it is more than two people then pay a premium subscription in Skype. This is an incentive where you can call any number in Canada or US for free within Gmail. You can execute landline calls but would have to pay Premium.
Visit the Google Hangouts page or enable Hangouts in Gmail to get started. Click the video call icon while chatting with someone to initiate a video call.
FaceTime is available on iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, and Macs. If you and the person you want to talk to have Apple hardware, then it is integrated and easy to use. It is not the ideal service for communicating with everyone, as not all use Apple hardware every time.
You can open FaceTime app that is included with iOS or Mac device, select the person you want to call and initiate a video call. An error appears.
You can surely install the open source ekiga tool as well a use SIP to start video chat. You would surely have to make your friends use new service. User base has increased with services like Hangouts, Skype and FaceTime. Skype is popular among the less tech savvy users. However there are several users of Android phones, Google talk and other apple devices.