Video Chatting on Android: Who needs FaceTime, anyway?!

Have you ever been asked to FaceTime with your iPhone friends, only to discover that there is no FaceTime app for Android? Well, no need to worry! There are plenty of ways to FaceTime for your Android device with friends – even if they have an iPhone! One option is Google Hangouts, which already comes on all Republic Wireless phones. If you do not have Google Hangouts on your tablet or phone, you can download it from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store for free.


Google Hangouts is a great way to stay connected with your friends and family over video. Anyone with a Gmail account can use it, meaning you can chat with anyone and everyone on your contact list. Pretty neat, right? Hangouts doesn’t require a phone number to use either – just an Internet connection and a Gmail account. And, like we mentioned, it also works cross-platform, so you can use your phone to video chat with your mom while she is using her laptop or iPad.


Another great option for video chatting that’s relatively new to the market is Google Duo. This option is especially great because you don’t even need a Google account to use it! Duo works directly with the phone number attached to your phone and the signup is incredibly quick and easy. It pulls right from your phone’s contacts so you can chat with anyone else that has the app downloaded, or invite others to use it if they don’t already have it. One fun feature of the app is that while you’re calling someone, they can see live action video of you on their end before they even answer. Duo calls it the “Knock knock” feature. You can, of course, shut this feature off in the settings, but we’ve already had some fun with it – and don’t worry, it only works with people who are already in your contacts, so no rando “knock knocks” from people you don’t know.

There are other apps I’d for video calling as well, such as Facebook Messenger and Skype. Pick the one that works for you! They all look a little different, but the functionality is the same. It really just comes down to the preferences of you and the person you’re chatting with. All of the apps mentioned also work for both Android and iPhone, so you can video chat on your Android with anyone, no matter what phones they’re using.

If you have any other great suggestions about video-chat apps to use, or How-To videos you’d like to see? Feel free to leave them in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Video Chatting on Android: Who needs FaceTime, anyway?!”

  1. Video chat with Google Hangouts? Isn’t that the app with the Stagefright vulnerability for which Republic Wireless has not sent a fix?

  2. “As of August 3, 2015, only a few products have been actually patched against the bug: Blackphone’s PrivatOS since its version 117, nightly releases of the CyanogenMod 12.0 and 12.1,[19] Sprint’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4,[20] the Moto E, G, and X, Droid Maxx, Mini, and Turbo,[21] and Mozilla Firefox since its version 38 (and Firefox OSsince 2.2)[22] (this web browser internally uses Android’s Stagefright library).[3][4][23]”

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