Tango: iPhone App Allows Free FaceTime Like Video Calls Between iPhone & Android Smartphones Over Wi-Fi And Also Over 3G

Tango App

Mobile video calling is not an entirely new concept. However the launch of FaceTime on iPhone 4 has rejuvenated this emerging market and now we are getting to see a lot of activity in this space.

While Apple rivals like Google are rumored to be working on their own mobile video calling apps, third party developers too have been launching their own applications. 

One such application that launched last week is Tango; a cross-platform software developed by a Palo Alto based startup by the same name. The application presently works on iOS as well as Android platforms. Unlike FaceTime, Tango can be used to communicate with friends who do not own an iPhone 4 or iPod Touch 4G.

Tango also comes with a number of other advantages over FaceTime. The application can work over Wi-Fi as well as 3G and also works over phones that do not come with a front-facing camera. This would effectively make it possible for users of iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G to engage in a video chat as well though these users may not be able to relay video from their end. It is also worth noting that Tango lets users toggle the relay between the front-facing and rear-facing cameras and hence users may also point out to other objects using their rear camera while they are engaged in a mobile video conversation just like FaceTime.

According to Walt Mossberg from the Wall Street Journal, one of the most powerful aspects about the Tango app is its easy-to-use interface. The application does not require the user to fill out lengthy profile forms like Fring and only requires the users' phone number and email address for registration. Also, the application periodically scans the users' address book for information on other contacts who have installed the app on their mobile phone. These details are automatically added to the Tango address book for easy access. The company however notes that these contact details are entirely secure since they are stored locally and not on the company's servers. 

While this is definitely a must-have app for those of you looking to video chat with your friends, do note that the app leaves a lot to be desired as of now. Mossberg points out that the video quality is pretty unreliable at times though it does appear to work well over Wi-Fi networks on most counts. Despite this, it may be noted that the application currently supports over 25 different handsets and is hence pretty useful. 

You can checkout the video demo of the iPhone app given by Eric Setton, co-founder and CTO of Tango:

Tango app for iPhone (iTunes Link) is free to download. Do check the application out and let us know your views in the comments below.

[via WSJ]

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  • Mars

    I havent used the FaceTime feature all that much to this point. There just isn't that many people to talk to. Maybe that will change once this app gains momentum.

  • Walter Detmetrie

    Facetime is so gay. Wow i can look at you while we speak. That is the stupidest new feature yet. We love texting cause we dont have to see or talk to you.

    • MB

      I love facetime. Just got the iPhone and can have face time with my brother in Arizona and can see my niece, nephew and sister-in-law. In addition, if you are out somewhere and want to share an event with someone live, you can share it using facetime. VERY COOL!

    • Dan

      Your face is gay.

  • Globe

    What a completely useless and irrelevant comment.

    On topic, this app sounds great. I can finally "facetime" with my friends who don't have an iPhone.

  • William

    I tested this app on 3g and edge 3g worked pretty well but as you showed in topic the video quality is pretty bad and on edge it was a little bit laggy but it still works pretty well.This app is still worth getting I have been useing it alot lately.

  • uk joe

    what a thick stupid selfish twat head you are.what about people that have to work away from home they can see there kids and loved ones.and talk to friends and family they dont get to see.etc. etc.etc. grrrrrrr people like you make me sick.and dont reply to this i wont wast any more time on a thick twat.

  • Me

    I think that Facetime is great! and this app will make it much easier to see my niece and nephews even though I am 2000 miles away…

  • Kwopau

    finally I can video chat with my mom who has the Galaxy S. Thank you tango!

  • rhino

    itunes wont download it on my wifes 3g iphone said its not compatable any info please.

  • mohacs

    same here.

  • Kwopau

    Got a question, since with this app you can call through tango via wifi? If so would you think that tango would work on the iPod touch? Since all u need to do is put your phone number and that's it and of course you will need wifi. Can anyone confirm that this would work on the itouch? I plan on getting the iPod touch for my gf.

  • hxclos

    You're just mad cuz no one wants to Facetime you lol

  • Kwopau

    Sadly, i checked on the ipod touch, and the app isn't there so it's only exclusive to phones 🙁 oh well. i guess facetime will have to do.

  • Rehan

    not supporting iPhone 3g 🙁

  • crzygurl3@hotmail.com

    i thought the app said you can download it on smartphones to my sister looked for it on her black berry do you know if it iwll

  • Saad

    Is there any update coming soon?

  • Alex

    can u download it for ipod touch 4?

  • jasz

    you can in fact use tango on the new ipod! I’ve just tested it for the first time with one. quality is not the greatest with that wifi connection vs. 3g but hey it does work. Tango is a great app, hope it remains free and available! ty to the brilliant creator

  • tks

    I done a blunder no body repeat is that i purchased a iphone4 all features are of local phone of Rs. 1000. Why I have paid Rs. 45000/-bugs to an authorised dealer in delhi. I do’t know. I tried all the way for downloading facetime software all the 6 days but in vain why such produce has been introduced in inida , after paying 45000 bugs run for downloading the simple feature like video calls in india. I am in Andaman having super 3g facilities with video calling and video streaming in my earlier mobile i.e. in Samsung Ominia modle sgh i900 , its a super phone . Could any body help me in doing such activies in my iphone4 kindly upload software in my email thank you. I do’nt think Apple Store will do needfule for me.

  • tosifahmed

    how can i get this site on my phone e 63pls replay

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