Facetime alternatives

Facetime
FaceTime is a video calling software application and related protocol developed by Apple for supported mobile devices running the iOS, in addition to Macintosh computers running Mac OS X 10.6.6 and higher. FaceTime is supported on any iOS device with a forward-facing camera. Facetime alternatives for business are GoToMeeting, Skype for Business.
Facetime alternatives are:
Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger



Here are the latest news about Facetime:

2015 iMessage and FaceTime get two-factor authentication


Apple has improved the security of FaceTime and iMessage, its voice/video and multimedia chat communication tools. The services received two-factor authentication as an option for users to enable, meaning that even if someone uses their Apple ID email and password to enable iMessage or FaceTime on a new device, they’ll still need to use a PIN from an existing trusted device to gain access to those services. If you’ve previously enabled two-factor for iCloud, it’ll also be enabled to FaceTime and iMessage. The additional level of protection applied to these services helps ensure that people will have a harder time grabbing potentially private images from your iMessage history, or pretending to be you via online communication methods.


2010 Fring strikes back (at Apple Facetime)



Fring was the first video chat application on the iPhone. However, without frontal camera, it was not very helpful. But together with the front camera on iPhone, Apple introduced  it's own video chat program Facetime, that supported two-way video calls and immediately replaced Fring. Now Fring strikes back. Today, the strartup has launched the new iPhone app, which also supports two-way video calls, and in addition, has two major advantages over Facetime. First, it works via 3G (and Facetime - only via Wi-Fi), and second, it allows iPhone users to communicate with those who use Android and Nokia S40 smartphones, that run Fring (and Facetime supports video calls only between iPhones). However, the benefits of Facetime - are simplicity and iPhone native integration (to start a video call - you don't need to launch third-party program), and higher video quality.


2010 It's official: Mobile Video Calls is the next big thing: Skype vs Facetime

Facetime
A couple of weeks ago we suggested that Google is going to shift the video communications market (and win Skype), betting on mobile video calls. Today we can accurately say that very soon mobile video chat will become a huge market and the IT giants will fight for it. It's enough to watch the Facetime (iPhone 4 video chat) presentation to understand this. Since June 24 Apple will start selling iPhone 4 with the front camera and video over Wi-Fi in US, and it's obvious that to the and of this year millions of users will make video calls via the iPhone, and Apple will become the world's largest mobile video chat provider. But it will be only the short term win. Then Skype, Google and other players will join the fight.

A few days after Google acquired the Android video chat engine GIPS, the small but very fast-growing company Fring has released the first video chat for Android-smartphones. Prior to that Fring supported mobile video calls on Symbian S60 and iPhone (but only one-side due to lack of front camera). A day later the US operator Sprint 4G released the Android-communicator HTC EVO 4G, which provides free video chat Qik.

A week later Skype added video calls to its Nokia N900 client. In addition, Skype announced that this year video chat will also appear in its Android app. Potentially, realizing an opportunity to call from the desktop to any mobile device and back, Skype could win the new market. In addition, Skype has already begun to explore another related field - video calls via TV.

Mobile Video Calls
According to GigaOM report, by 2015 the number of video calls will increase by almost 10 times (up to 30 billion per year). And every third video call will be over mobile device, and every tenth - over TV.