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.