Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Posted by Michael Knutson in "The Competition" @ 06:00 PM
"Just last week, we saw an early glimpse of Skype’s upcoming iPad app, but today, Fring appears to be one step ahead of the game. Fring’s free Video Calls + IM app got an update Monday that brings full iPad-optimized group video chat for up to four users, and it works with any platform where Fring has presence, and on both Wi-Fi and 3G connections."
Fring appears to be the first to bring group chat to the iPad, with its client managing four-way chats, while Skype is late to the party, and early information makes no mention of (free, like Fring) four-way chat capabilities. One huge advantage for Skype is that it supports desktop (and laptop) clients, while Fring is only for Smartphones and iOS devices. I haven't tried any video chatting using 3G, but I think that a four-way chat on any 3G network would be an especially frustrating experience.