Facebook officially launched the new Skype video chat service a few days ago, as well as some new chat features and sidebar. Today we are looking at Facebook’s announcement vs Skype on Samsung Galaxy S2/SII.
Recently the Samsung Galaxy SII (aka S2) was one of a selection of Android handsets which managed to get the Skype update ported to it according to Engadget. But with the new Skype service becoming available on Facebook, what if more video calls are made on the social networking site than ones made on mobile devices such as the Galaxy SII?
An article on The Christian Science Monitor is looking why Facebook could become many users new phone company. Many users already use Facebook to share photos and personal details such as events and daily life. With the new partnership Facebook users are just a simple click away from a free video call to a friend.
Facebook and Google will be getting more traffic away from carriers and onto the web. Google+ doesn’t currently have the number of users that Facebook does, but both these sites together are changing online telephony.
It won’t stop millions of consumers still paying carriers for a traditional phone service as well as their access to the internet. Users still need an internet connection to make the Skype call via Facebook. But making a video call over the web is easier, and despite being available for a while video chat at present is not a thing everyone currently does.
When the Facebook service is available to all users video calling will be open to 750 million people, compared to only a select few currently able to use a similar service on Google+. The new social networking site has been getting positive reviews from those lucky enough to be able to use it.
Gmail users already had the ability to make video calls, but the new ‘hangout’ feature on Google+ allows users to reveal to friends when they are available to chat. Plus users can have group calls with up to ten people. People who have been using both services have given Facebook the advantage so far mainly down to the amount of people available to chat.
Obviously using Skype on a mobile handset allows users to make video calls anywhere, but they will need a Wi-Fi connection or data plan. But it is a great feature to have for the millions of users of social networks.
What do you think will more video calls be made via Skype and Facebook compared to cell phones? Have you used the Skype video chat yet on Facebook?