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Fring adds two-way video calling for iPhone 4

Fring has released an update to its iOS voice and video communications app adding support for two-way video calling and multitasking on capable iOS 4 devices. Although Fring added one-way video calling to its iPhone application last December, the lack of a front-facing camera on the earlier iPhone models precluded its use for two-way video conferencing. With the addition of the new front-facing camera on the iPhone 4, Fring users can now engage in bi-directional video calls over either Wi-Fi or 3G from the iPhone 4. As a cross-platform client, users of Fring on the iPhone can also conduct video calls with users on Android and Symbian S60 devices. Users of older iPhone models can also now participate in two-way video calls using the built-in camera, however the absence of the front-facing camera on these devices makes face-to-face video calling less practical. The latest version also adds iOS 4 multitasking support, a new social stream for integrating Twitter, Facebook, chats and call updates in a single view, and a smarter address book for managing the buddy list and contacts. Fring is available from the App Store as a free download.

Update: Our preliminary testing indicates that the two-way video calling works fine on older iPhone models as well, although as noted the feature may be less useful here due to the lack of a front-facing camera. Video and audio quality are noticeably lower than FaceTime, even over a Wi-Fi connection. Further, on the iPhone 4 only the front-facing camera appears to be used with no way of switching to the rear-facing camera as in FaceTime. The main advantages over FaceTime are 3G support and compatibility with older iPhone models and Android and Symbian S60 devices.

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Comments

1

Thank you. I don’t have to be at home, ihop, or panera bread to do video calls.

Posted by Dani on July 8, 2010 at 1:59 PM (PDT)

2

Just tried it out with a friend who has an EVO and it was impressive. Good work Fringe

Posted by Stephen on July 8, 2010 at 3:54 PM (PDT)

3

NICE JOB, I just made my first video call with my iPhone 4 since non of my friends got one.  IT WAS GREAT. I could not turn the speaker on, on the iPhone but I plugged in an external one and it worked fine.
Thank you very much

Posted by Jeff Tocket on July 8, 2010 at 4:26 PM (PDT)

4

other huge benefit is that you can use this with mac and pc on skype? am i mistaken. that’s much better than facetime.

Posted by charlie nail on July 8, 2010 at 6:42 PM (PDT)

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