Like Hangouts and Viber, you can use Imo to send text messages and stickers, but the app makes it dead simple to place a video call, giving you the option in the main contact list view.With one tap, you can launch a video call, without even needing to open a conversation, like you need to do with the other apps.With fring you can continue talking, sharing, showing, rich messing and conferencing.It's simple, free, from your mobile phone, tablet or laptop all your need to do is download fring.If you have an i Phone or i Pad, your top choice would likely be Face Time, since its built into the operating system and works well.But if you're rocking an Android phone or tablet, you'll need to pick another app to help you stay connected.What's not: The app can be glitchy, especially when trying to hang up a video call. Since it got its start sending text-based messages, that's still where Viber shines.You can send messages, stickers, photos, voice messages and your location.
I've rounded up some of the best and most popular choices below.
For staying connected, video calling is still all the rage.
More personal than a phone call, but just as easy, video calling is often free and the feature is popping up in more apps, including Whats App earlier this year.
Google's own video and messaging app is one of the most popular ways to make voice and video calls from your Android phone, and that's not just because the app usually comes pre-installed.
The app grabs contacts from your Google account and phone's address book so that you can send text messages, place voice calls and start a Hangout, which is what Google calls a video chat.