April 5, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Want to group video chat on Android? Fring’s got you covered. The popular video and voice calling Android app that once spooked Skype is once again on competitors’ heels by allowing up to four Android phones to video chat in a group – for free.
The always-excited Jake from Fring announced today that Fring is “starting the process to bring the whole gang together” in group video calls. The feature is currently in testing but will support both Android and iPhone users once it is officially rolled-out soon. Users will be able to initiate a call with one contact, and then add up to two more friends, family members, or co-workers for a private video chat that all participants can hear and see.
Fring is currently testing group video chat with a select number of users, an elite fraternity that you can join by requesting an invitation here. Fring is attempting to iron out any issues and bugs to ensure that everyone has a smooth experience when the feature goes live soon. Here’s a quick video showing what it looks like.
The number of video chat solutions has greatly increased since the introduction of the HTC EVO 4G and other Android phones with front-facing cameras. Fring was among the first and most popular options when it previously supported Skype calls, but it has retained popularity even after losing the right to connect mobile and desktop users. Adding group video chat just may be the trick to help the company bounce back over rivals like Tango and Yahoo! Messenger.