Apple’s FaceTime is simple to use and well integrated into Mac, iPhone, and iPad. What about video conversations on multiple devices– iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. For that you need this new video walkie talkie app.
What’s A Walkie Talkie?
Skype started life as VoIP on Windows, then Mac, then mobile devices, so it’s not a walkie-talkie app in the true sense. Vtalkie bills itself as the first cross platform video walkie talkie app.
The free Vtalkie app is available for iPhone, Android devices, and Windows Phone. At a basic level, it’s a mashup of Skype and FaceTime but without all the bells and whistles.
Vtalkie connects to other Vtalkie users, so you need to sign up and create a unique handle so you can be easily identified and connected.
Live video can be shared along with standard text-like chatting with a host of clever animations, clearly aimed at a younger demographic (the app is free, but additional animations have a price tag).
All messages are private, one-to-one, and secure, and Vtalkie uses Wi-Fi, 3G, Edge, or LTE to communicate with other devices.
Setup a username, share it with others, then connect online.
Vtalkie eschews all the features found in Skype for more of the simplicity found in FaceTime, but with a few twists, and it’s own one-to-one community.
You can text, chat, and video chat with other Vtalkie users, and that’s the limitation. Vtalkie comes with options to invite people from your Contact list, by email, by Facebook and Twitter, and it can find other Vtalkie users nearby.
It’s a good way to keep in touch one-to-one while avoiding the Skype or FaceTime option, but other than the animated emoticons, Vtalkie doesn’t bring much to the table that’s not already seated at the table.