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All over video

Video calling has come a long way since 1964 when Bell’s Picturephone made the first call at a World Fair in New York.

By: | Published: August 29, 2016 6:05 AM
Although there was much enthusiasm about the launch, people were not so emphatic about the technology given the costs—it cost  for a three minute call (equivalent to 0 in today’s terms)—and limited availability. Although there was much enthusiasm about the launch, people were not so emphatic about the technology given the costs—it cost for a three minute call (equivalent to 0 in today’s terms)—and limited availability.

Video calling has come a long way since 1964 when Bell’s Picturephone made the first call at a World Fair in New York. Although there was much enthusiasm about the launch, people were not so emphatic about the technology given the costs—it cost $16 for a three minute call (equivalent to $120 in today’s terms)—and limited availability.

Though Dell featured a second phone, the technology did not really take off till the 2000’s with coming of webcams. While video-calling via apps has met the same fate given the high data costs and limited speeds things are changing with 4G connectivity and mobile phones getting smarter at optimising these apps.

FaceTime

Apple’s founder Steve Jobs introduced Apple’s voice and video calling service back in 2010. The app has a simple platform and doesn’t require any registration so is one of the easiest to setup among the lot. It syncs with the phone contacts and one can access the feature even using the contact book. Being available only on Apple products, FaceTime is well calibrated so it uses much less battery in comparison to other apps and also has a better response. It also features an audio call feature which at times would trump a regular call in terms of audio quality.

It syncs with the phone contacts and one can access the feature even using the contact book. Being available only on Apple products, FaceTime is well calibrated so it uses much less battery in comparison to other apps and also has a better response. It also features an audio call feature which at times would trump a regular call in terms of audio quality.

It also features an audio call feature which at times would trump a regular call in terms of audio quality.

Messenger

Messenger is Facebook’s offering which combines Facebook chats, with voice and video calling service. The app is not as easy as Facetime or Duo but makes up for

it in other departments. For those having a Facebook account registration process is easy as all you have to do is to login using your Facebook id. The app also asks for

The app also asks for mobile phone number to integrate your phone directory with the account. But the real advantage is that Messenger allows group video calling and let’s users minimise their calling screen to use Facebook chat. It is also accessible via Chrome,

It is also accessible via Chrome, Firefox and Opera. Although the app consumes a lot of battery, it is still more economical than Skype.

Duo

Launched just a week ago, Google’s Duo is as simple as FaceTime if not more. Duo, doesn’t hinge on a Google account, like its predecessor, as it uses the mobile phone number and phone’s contact book as its primary source. It’s easy to register and the whole interface is simple where one can just make a call by tapping on the number. Although Google does not have voice calling but

It’s easy to register and the whole interface is simple where one can just make a call by tapping on the number.

Although Google does not have voice calling but company says it will soon introduce that feature.

The app also has a Knock Knock feature which allows contacts to see your video even before they have picked up your call.

It can also switch from Wi-Fi to mobile data without dropping the call and has a limit mobile data usage feature. For those looking for plain video calling feature, Google is the way to go.

For those looking for plain video calling feature, Google is the way to go.

Skype

Skype has been in existence way before all the other apps featured and given the way Microsoft is stocking it with features, it will be in existence for a long time to come.

The app is platform agnostic with downloads available for Android, Windows or iOS. Although it has a very clumsy user interface, the app would require you to login each time you open it and uses much more battery than others, Skype is still the best available app on the platform in terms of features. The app offers instant messaging and one can even minimise screen just like Messenger and access other apps. It also has a group video call facility and offers calls to landline in its paid version. It also allows you to create a Skype number for a fee. But the real turnaround is its real-time translation feature which allows for translation in 50 languages via instant message and seven using the voice features.

The app offers instant messaging and one can even minimise screen just like Messenger and access other apps. It also has a group video call facility and offers calls to landline in its paid version. It also allows you to create a Skype number for a fee. But the real turnaround is its real-time translation feature which allows for translation in 50 languages via instant message and seven using the voice features.

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