Google Hangouts are very handy for video chat, but much of the development has been aimed at individual users. One recent enhancement is much more firmly centred on corporate use: you can now look up names from the Global Address List to start a hangout.
Video chat on smartphones has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time, and the tools available for Android have matured from gimmicky to genuinely useful. You have a lot of great options, but we think that Google Hangouts deserves the crown for the overall best and most well-integrated method to see and talk with friends.
Android/iOS/WP7/Web: Speek is a new, free conference calling service for easy one-on-one or group calls. You can also share files and keep track of participants using its web and mobile apps. You don’t have to remember a PIN, download plug-ins or jump through hoops — just click a link and you’re in.
If you need a little face time with friends and family that live far away, firing up a video chat has never been easier. These days you don’t even need to install an app or download a heavy client — many services let you open a browser and start chatting within seconds, no matter where you are in the world. This week we’re going to look at five services that give you the best, fastest and most hassle-free video chatting experience.
Web: If you want to video chat from your computer, most options require both parties have an account, install a client, add each other to friends and then connect. Gruveo is different: type in a number you both know, and you’re instantly connected to each other in a private, anonymous, encrypted video or voice call.