A few years ago, Grant wrote about Qik, and I wrote about using it to integrate video into your blog.
The truth is, Qik was not only one of the best video streaming apps back then, but it’s also a really cool way to have a video chat with family or friends when you’re on the road.
The Skype application on my computer could see that my phone account was logged in and I could initiate a video call.
The call initiated a regular chat, but the video stream remained blank.
Maybe there was something buried in the Skype settings on the desktop app that might have gotten the whole thing working, but in my book if it’s really that complicated to get it to work right, then it doesn’t belong on the list of best mobile video chatting apps.
I’ve run through about 5 different apps that promise to deliver video chatting well, but narrowed it down to two that actually do.
There is one particular app that deserves an honorable mention, because I’ve used it for so many years.
I just assumed that Skype would make the very top of the list when it comes to video chatting because it has always outperformed my expectations when it came to voice chatting and conferencing.
Skype offers an app on Google Play that claims you can use it to make free Skype-to-Skype video calls, in addition to regular text chatting and voice of course.
Folks have been using instant messaging on their mobile phones almost as long as there have been mobile phones.
Video chatting, on the other hand, is only really starting to take off in a big way now that mobile data networks are really starting to expand in bandwidth.
Trying to squeeze streaming video from a 2 megapixel camera over a 2G mobile data line was one thing, but streaming 5 megapixel video through a 4G data network or higher is a whole different story.
If you’re running an Android, you’ve got lots to choose from for sending and receiving IM through your data network instead of using up your allotted texts. When it comes to video chatting, you’re looking at a whole different set of choices.