ooVoo updates video app for mobile devices, includes lots of goodies for Android users

ooVoo, the popular video call/chat service, released an app update for Android and iOS mobile devices today. The new version takes the app up to version 1.3.4 and notably, many of the new features target the Android platform.

Among the improvements that apply to both the iOS and Android versions is the ability to conduct a 4-way call. By taking advantage of wifi and 4G LTE networks, ooVoo is now able to display multiple video streams at once. On top of the video streams, users can have a total of 12 other ooVoo users connected to a session. Even without switching to other participants’ video streams, ooVoo will let users send chat messages to the other participants.

ooVoo has also enabled push notifications on iOS and Android devices. When a call is incoming, users are notified and can immediately take the call if they want. If they choose not to take the call or miss it, they will still receive a notification like they do with the previous version.

Two other improvements are targeted at Android users. ooVoo indicates the app is more deeply integrated with Android’s native address book using the Google Social API. A widget for Android homescreens has also been provided as part of the app. When placed on a user’s homescreen, the widget will let users see who is online and even initiate a video call without first opening the app and finding the contact.

The app is free as is the service, so it may be worth checking out if you enjoy video chat. To grab ooVoo, hit the Google Play Store link below.

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a chief financial officer and licensed CPA in Durham, North Carolina. Jeff has owned an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3 along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition and a Nexus 7 (2013). Recently Jeff added Google Glass to his stable of tech gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.