When Apple announced their FaceTime initiative with the launch of the iPhone 4, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that you would see the tech implemented in ways that Apple didn’t originally intend. Though it was implied that Apple planned on opening up their FaceTime standards to the tech world, I think that it would be safe to assume that they were not about to sanction an in-house developed cross platform communication application. Fortunately for us, Tango‘s got our backs with their new Tango Video Calls software.
Integrating a new system that is nearly as simple as FaceTime, this is the first program of its kind, even expanding video chat onto devices like the 3GS, which do not support FaceTime. Here are some of the features they are promising:
- Free video calling to your friends and family around the world, wherever you are
- Call between iPhone and other smartphones on 3G and Wi-Fi
- Populates Tango Contacts automatically from existing phone contact list
- Invite friends and others by e-mail or text
- Switch cameras and swap screens to show what is around you
- Move between video to audio and back to video
- Simple and easy to use
- Create an account in less than five seconds – New profile not required
Interestingly enough, they neglected to note the ability for devices on the proprietary iOS platform to now video conference with those on Android based devices. Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, that is CROSS-PLATFORM communication! Honestly, I am amazed that Apple hasn’t put the kibosh on this app for that reason alone, but as of late things seem to be more lax in the App Store review department (not that we are complaining). Plus, if you are using Tango, that means you no longer have to deal with the pesky Wi-Fi limitations of FaceTime.
Really, when you do everything that Apple’s signature app doesn’t why wouldn’t you be successful. It certainly won’t hurt matters much when you realize that it will cost you nothing to download this little marvel. So what are you waiting for? The future of communication is just a download away.