ooVoo

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Free calls and video conferencing on your Android device

ooVoo Video Call is a VoIP program that's already well-known on the Windows and Mac platforms. Similar to Skype, the program now runs on Android and lets you make free phone or video calls. But that's not all: ooVoo Video Call supports multi-chat video! View full description

PROS

  • Conference with up-to 12 contacts at a time
  • Written, voice or video
  • Easy to learn
  • Free

CONS

  • You can't talk with everyone at the same time
  • Picture quality is nothing to write home about
  • Small display bug in app-supplied video

Very good
8

ooVoo Video Call is a VoIP program that's already well-known on the Windows and Mac platforms. Similar to Skype, the program now runs on Android and lets you make free phone or video calls. But that's not all: ooVoo Video Call supports multi-chat video!

Multi-user video conferencing

It's easy to get started with ooVoo Video Call but you have to first create an identifier. It's quickly done and not too complicated. Once you're signed in, you can access your contact list by entering your ooVoo ID on the app's main page. You can send text messages, make a voice call or start a video conference with any of your online contacts.

You can also use ooVoo Video Call to contact offline friends via written messages, as you would with instant messaging. They receive the message basically as they would an email.

The key feature of this Android version of ooVoo is clearly the previously unexplored territory of video conferencing to more than one mobile device. You can invite several friends to a multiplayer video chat, but unfortunately you can't see them all at the same time. You pass from one to the other by clicking their avatar in the column on the right. It works fine since not everyone can talk at the same time anyway (up to 5 simultaneous users).

Average quality

The quality of the videos provided by the application are pretty average and, strangely, don't reflect the quality of your phone's camera. The sound quality is average.

ooVoo Video Call for Android allows you to add or delete contacts at your leisure, and access their profile pages containing basic information (date of birth, language, place of residence, phone number, etc.) about them. You can add a photo by taking it with your camera phone or use one you already have in memory. Change your status to reflect your availability.

Looking to the future

ooVoo for Android is a quality video conferencing app that's likely to evolve very quickly. It's also very useful for making free phone calls and sending free SMS.