Start Using Facebook Video Calling Right Now

Earlier today, announced a new feature to their site which involved video-calling and group chat in collaboration with Skype. This new feature involved giving current Facebook chat users the ability to video call their friends.

If you are someone who are not sure how to use this feature, here is a simple step-through on getting that done.

Step 1: Head over to

Step 2: Click on the "Get Started" button on this page.

Facebook Video Calling

Step 3: Now click on the name of contact you want to chat with and then click on the Video calling icon in the chat window.

Step 4: You will be prompted to download a plugin for your browser. This is only a one-time process, so you will be able to video chat in the future without having to install this plugin again. According to reports this does not work yet on and on Linux based operating systems. I tested this with and it worked perfectly fine.

Facebook Video Calling Error

That’s it, you will now be able to video call and group chat with your friends using Facebook. Video calling however is only limited to one person at this time.

Right now the Facebook video calling is very buggy and you might see messages as seen in the screenshot above. However, the quality of the call is excellent if you are able to call someone that is.

Skype releases Version 5.2 for Mac

The ever popular text and video chatting service Skype has released an update for their OS X client. Version 5.2 brings a few new features to the main silent that have been part of the beta version since 5.0. These include group screen sharing as well as group video calling. Unfortunately, in order to take advantage of either, you will need to be a Skype Premium subscriber.

OS X Skype Client Screen Sharing

For the non-premium users, there are a few improvements that make the upgrade from 5.1 seem like a good idea. For instinct, the new client seems to have fewer bugs than its predecessor. There are also small changes to the UI, like the ability to hide the sidebar to focus on your conversation. You also have the ability to pop-out the cider controls for video calls.

The changes in version 5.2 should appeal to power-users, especially the Premium users who use Skype for video conferencing. The new screen-sharing options (which are Mac exclusive for the time being) will make the Skype a better productivity tool. It is good to see that, in the wake of Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype, the other platforms aren’t being totally ignored.

The downside to 5.2 is that the UI that Skype introduced in 5.0 is largely unchanged. The popular opinion is that it is too bulky of an app. A simple Google search will result in a downloadable copy of Skype 2.8, that last “good” version of Skype for the Mac. If you aren’t a premium user, then the upgrade isn’t really worth your time. However, the new feature sonly require one premium user to activate, you may want to pick up 5.2 incase a request comes your way.



Skype for Android Modded to Support Video-calling on Samsung Galaxy S II and Other Androids

It was just yesterday that Skype released an updated version of their app on the Android market. The updated version of the app brought a new UI, smoother performance, and two-way video calling for only 4 handsets, two of which are not even available widely.

Now, pulser_g2, a popular developer over at XDA forums, has released a modded version of the Skype apk. This modded version of Skype allows most of the Android handsets with a front-facing video camera to make two-way video calls.


The modded Skype apk has been tested on the Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy S, HTC EVO 3D, HTC Sensation and the Thunderbolt. Other Android phones with front-facing cameras have not been tested, but the apk should work on them as well. The modded Skype apk can be downloaded from here.

In other Skype related news, Skype’s website now has a banner teasing video-calling on Verizon’s 4G LTE phones. Yes, that includes the Motorola Droid Pro, the Thunderbolt and the Droid X2 as well.

The banner means that Skype is nearly ready to release a video-calling compatible version of Skype for Thunderbolt. However, I am guessing, the company it is still waiting for HTC to roll out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update before that.


Airtel Launches The International Video Calling Services In India

Earlier this year, Airtel launched its 3G services in India. Airtel 3G comes with the video calling, Mobile TV, video streaming, music download and many more services. The company recently launched the international video calling services in India. This service allows you to make international video calls and interact face-to-face with your friends and families living abroad.

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Airtel has won 3G license for 13 telecom circles in India Mumbai, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, North East, Jammu & Kashmir. This service is available only for 3G customers living in these telecom circles. You will be charged 5 paisa per second for video calls to any number in India, but you will have to pay Rs. 14/min, for international video calls to USA, Canada, Bangladesh and other countries.

Atul Bindal, President MobileServices, Bharti Airtel said, At Airtel, it is our constant endeavor tointroduce services that enrich the lives of our customers. As we take the leadin launching International Video Calling on 3G in India, this marks the beginning ofa new era of next generation communication in the country – one that will helpmobile customers break the barrier of boundaries and instantly connect withtheir personal and business network across the world. Given the high demand ofvideo calling services seen since the launch of Airtel 3G services, we areconfident that our customers will see great value from the availability of thiscapability for international calls as well. We invite our 3 million plus Airtel3G customers to enjoy this exciting experience.

Airtel’s International Video Calling is currently available in 227 international geographies. You can make international video calls, only if your friends and relatives are on a 3G network and using a smartphone with front-facing camera. International video calls to UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Oman will be charged at Rs. 20 per minute.

Download Skype With Video Call Support For HTC Thunderbolt

Back at CES 2011, HTC and Verizon announced their first ever 4G LTE capable phone the Thunderbolt.

At that time, the Thunderbolt was advertised to come with a new Skype version, which would allow users to do video calls. However, due to some reasons the Thunderbolt did not ship with Skype pre-installed.


Even Skype did not release an updated version of their app on the Android Market, which supported video calls. In fact, Verizon removed all the advertisements from the Internet, which stated that the Thunderbolt will come with video-chatting capabilities via Skype.

Now, the awesomely awesome folks over at Droid-Life have somehow managed to get their hands on a leaked Skype APK, which allows Thunderbolt owners to make video calls!

Sadly, this APK file works only on the HTC Thunderbolt. I tried to install this file on my Samsung Galaxy S, but the app simply refused to install.

Thunderbolt owners can download the Skype APK file from here.

HTC Thunderbolt Finally Gets Official; Features Integrated Skype Mobile

After numerous leaks, the HTC Thunderbolt has finally been unveiled by Verizon and HTC at the CES 2011. The HTC Thunderbolt features a mammoth 4.3-inch S-LCD screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Qualacomm Snapdragon processor.

The back of the phone features an 8MP camera with 720p HD video recording capability. The phone also sports a front-facing camera for video calling. The handset also supports Verizon’s 4G LTE network.


Other key features of the HTC Thunderbolt include DLNA, Dolby Surround Sound, Built in kickstand, GPS with aGPS, a 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card slot with a 32GB microSD card preloaded. The HTC Thunderbolt runs on Android 2.2 with the latest version of HTC Sense UI on top of it. HTC have also integrated Skye Mobile with video calling in their Sense UI on this phone.

Sadly, HTC did not mention the release date or pricing of the device. However, I expect the Thunderbolt to hit the shelves by Q1 of 2011.

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Skype Brings Video Calling To iPhone, iPod Touch And iPad

Nearly a week ago, we had reported that Skype will soon be bringing video calling feature to the iPhone 4. Initially, it was expected that Skype will make this huge announcement at the upcoming CES 2011. However, the looks like the company has some other plans for CES as today they have released an updated version of Skype for iOS which enables video calling.

Here is a video demonstrating video calling on the iPhone 4 using Skype :

The updated application will allow iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th generation and iPhone 3GS owners to make video calls to Skype users all over the world using either Wi-Fi or 3G. iPhone 3GS owners need to use the camera at the back of their phone to broadcast their video though.

iPad and iPod Touch 3G owners can also use the application to receive video calls from other Skype users. Obviously, owners of these devices can’t make video calls due to the lack of any kind of camera on the device. Here is the link to the announcement from Skype themselves.

Hopefully, Skype will announce an updated version of their application at the upcoming CES which will bring video calling to Android as well.

Skype 5.0 Launches With Facebook Integration and Group Video Calling

Skype has launched a new version, Skype 5.0, which has direction integration with and a Group Video calling feature. Skype users will now be able to view their Facebook News Feed in Skype along with the ability to use their Facebook phonebook to make calls to people.

Skype 5.0 With Facebook and Group Video Calling

Skype will now allow users to view their Facebook news feed, post updates to Facebook, comment and like friends updates, call and SMS Facebook friends and make a free Skype call if your Facebook friend is also using Skype.

In addition to that, Facebook has also launched a new Group Video Calling feature; which is currently in open beta, and will allow users to call several family and friends at once. This is something similar to a group voice chat, except it will also include videos now.

You can download Skype 5.0 for your PC from here, or read more about the latest version at the official Skype blog. Also watch a video of Skype for Windows in action in the embedded video above.

iOS 4.1 Beta 3 Supports FaceTime Using Email IDs

The Apple iPhone 4 allows its users to make video calls over Wi-Fi to any iPhone 4 owner. At the time of the launch of the iPhone 4, Apple dubbed this technology as FaceTime and called it revolutionary. The iPhone 4 was the first iPhone from Apple to featureclip_image001 video calling. Sadly, the ability to make video calls only over Wi-Fi was a huge disappointment for many. Currently, users can make a FaceTime video call only using the phone number of the other user.

However, in iOS 4.1 Beta 3 Apple has added an option to call users using their email id as well. The inclusion of this feature suggests that the next generation iPod Touch from Apple will feature a front-facing camera for video calling.

Hopefully, this also means that the next generation iPad will feature a camera for FaceTime as well.


Adobe Brings Video Calling to Android, Calls it FlashTime

Adobe has released a demo application called FlashTime which enables video chat on Android devices. The app was built using Adobe Air 2.5 for the Android platform and uses your smartphone’s camera to enable video chat with other users.

They seem to be making a point to iPhone developers (Apple doesn’t allow Flash on the iOS platform) that it’s very easy to build powerful applications using Flash and then port them over to any supported platform (like Android) using Adobe AIR. This particular FlashTime demo app took just 3 days to build.

Mark Doherty, Flash Platform Evangelist, Mobile and Devices, Adobe, said on his blog, “This is not an Adobe product, but simply a feature demo that took 3 days. Any one can build P2P applications with Flash and AIR.”

Adobe had unveiled Flash and AIR support for Android, back at MWC, Barcelona in February.

Adobe Video Calling App on Android

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