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The following list provides seven options of chat apps for making online video calls via Android or iPhone (iOS) phones. It is worth mentioning that, to make a video conference of good audio and image quality, it is recommended that the user is connected to a Wi-Fi network, to ensure a stable transmission via the Internet. If it does not ensure an appropriate speed, the use of the mobile data network can sometimes interfere with this process.
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The WhatsApp calling application brings the Video Call function on your cell phone for private conversations or in groups of up to four participants (learn how to make a video conference on WhatsApp). The user must select the desired contacts for the collective conference call.
You can have a call in progress and invite others to join it. During the call, you can turn off the video and keep it by voice only. Contacts blocked, or who blocked you, cannot participate in the same chat. In order to make a video call on WhatsApp Web on the PC, in turn, it is possible to use BlueStacks to emulate the cell phone interface and chat with the webcam.
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Imo is a chat app focused on video calls, for Android phones, iPhone (iOS), tablets and Windows PCs. The chat accepts video calls, text messages, images and voice calls. Videoconferencing on cell phones can take place in group conversations with several people at the same time.
Imo features a vast amount of stickers and GIFs to use during calls. The app also features a brush tool for writing, with the option of changing the desired colors. However, only Imo only accepts new invited users via SMS.
Imo imports contacts in the first registration to the application Photo: Reproduo / Felipe Alencar
Skype is another app focused on free online video calls (but there is a charge for calls made to conventional cell phones), which offers a phone number for the user to receive calls. It is available for Android, iPhone (iOS), Windows, macOS and Linux. It can be integrated with Facebook and Windows Live ID.
Video conferencing on Skype has some extra features, such as blurring the background screen during a video call and activating subtitles. In Skype Meetings mode, it is possible to add up to ten people to a video conference.
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One of the promises of Google Duo to make video calls even though the Internet is slow, as in the case of 2G speed. Of course, the better the connectivity, the better the connection quality. There are no fees and it can be installed on Android and iPhone devices (iOS).
The registration does not require the creation of a Google account, it can be used through the telephone number. The Google Duo doesn?t operate for group video calls, so video conferences take place only between two people. The app's simplified interface during conversations offers only the options to change the rear and front cameras, select the image that gets bigger on the screen or mute the microphones.
Although the Internet connection is slow, Google Duo promises to make video calls Photo: Reproduo / Isabela Cabral
Hangouts is available for Android and iPhone (iOS) for free. The video calling application has a simple and easy-to-use interface, allowing video chat with up to ten participants.
D to add contacts in the videoconferences by name, email or shared link. In addition, you can send text messages in a chat provided during the video call. Its functionality extends to computers via browser access.
Hangouts allow video meetings with up to ten participants Photo: Reproduo / Emanuel Reis
Free for Android and iPhone (iOS), Zoom Cloud Meetings allows videoconferences for two to 25 people. Participants can be invited by email, SMS and social media. During calls, tools allow the sharing of files, texts and presentations, all hosted in the cloud.
A very useful feature of the video application is screen sharing. The call host can also block other participants' screen sharing in order to focus on a specific topic during online meetings.
Videoconferencing application allows sharing presentations Photo: Divulgao / Zoom Cloud Meetings
The HouseParty application allows you to make video calls with up to eight members. It is free and can be accessed via Android, iPhone (iOS) and macOS. As it is focused on videos, it does not allow the sharing of files such as photos or documents.
When opening the app, the user is indicated as online for other contacts, who can then enter your chat room at any time. It is also possible to configure it so that it is necessary to approve the entry of participants in the videoconference. What is possible to send private tickets to the desired contacts within the same conversation.
In HouseParty there are several ways to invite your contacts to a video chat Photo: Reproduo / HouseParty