There’s no doubt that communication has been made much simpler thanks to the internet and a whole bunch of messaging apps that have paved the way for what we all know and use now. Today, it’s easier than ever to keep in touch with friends, family, or colleagues from wherever you are in the world. Especially with the holidays right around the corner, keeping in touch on a more personal level is so important to most of us.
If you or your family live away from home and aren’t able to spend as much time as you would like together for the holidays, the next best thing is video calling. For those who can’t go home for Christmas, you don’t need to feel left out! Spend time video chatting and be part of the festivities even though you’re not there in person.
The first concept of video calling as we know it today was the picturephone, which was unveiled in 1964 at the World’s Fair in New York City. It seemed so futuristic at the time it was announced. Initially, however, people weren’t too thrilled with it in practice. They didn’t like being seen while being on the phone, which may seem rather silly now because it’s considered such an important feature to us.
After cycling through webcams on laptops and the early clunky video calling features on mobile phones in the mid-2000’s, the first smartphone to really popularise video calls was the iPhone 4. It was introduced as a novelty feature, but soon became a standard for all smartphones, from Android to iPhone to Windows phones.
There is still one small hiccup, however, and that is trying to make video calls between Android and iOS, the most used and most popular operating systems around the world. Apple has been saying they want to open up their popular video calling app FaceTime for Android users for some time, but that is still yet to be seen. As of now, Android users cannot make calls to iPhone users through FaceTime. There are other popular messaging apps that get around this problem.
Video calling was one of the features eyetime users had been wanting for a while, and the new eyetime update delivers! Not only is video calling now a feature, but it’s fully capable of allowing users to call between iPhone to Android and Android to iPhone. No hacks are required and no separate apps are needed to chat.
While there are other video calling apps out there that offer the ability to call from iPhone to Android phones, but often the video is choppy, the audio lags, and the general call quality isn’t that great. eyetime’s video calling function is built from strong technical foundations and offers users the ability to make HD calls from anywhere.
It’s so easy to give video calling a shot and connect with a friend or family member.
Step 1: Invite a friend
First, make sure the person you want to call has the eyetime app installed. If they didn’t, you can invite them to the app.
Step 2: Start a new chat
Once they have installed the app and registered an username, you can add them to a new chat and call them anytime by tapping on the video button in the top right corner.
That’s all it takes, and then you can make video calls to anyone using any Android or iPhone from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet or 4G/3G connection. Stay in touch this Christmas season and anytime you need to feel more connected to your loved ones.