Skype announced today that free group video calling will be coming to mobile devices like the iPad, iPhone and even iPods soon. This feature has long been available to desktop users on PCs and Macs so it’s a welcomed feature for iOS users.
Users on non-Apple devices such as the Windows 10 phones and Android phones will also be able to make group video calls for free. Though no exact date for the feature update was given, it was noted that the expanded support will be rolling out to users in the “coming weeks.” Skype had the following to mention regarding the matter:
Yes, it really has been a decade since Skype changed the way people connect with their loved ones. 6 years ago, we innovated again with one-to-one video calling on mobile phones. Today, we are excited to announce the next evolution – group video calling on Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows 10 Mobile.
Those who wish to access the early preview can do so by registering on Skype’s website. In order to have access to the preview, users will need to provide a valid email address, Skype username, country, and the device they will be using. After providing the information, Skype will set you up with a group video calling on your mobile device and send you an email when they’re done.
This upcoming feature will definitely have an advantage over Apple’s FaceTime for two reasons:
- FaceTime is only accessible for those on the iOS platform whereas Skype is multiplatform.
- FaceTime only supports two-way video calls whereas Skype can handle group calling for multiple users.
We’ll have to see how Apple responds to this move as the company will likely have to make a change to keep up with the competition.
Those who do not want to pre-register will have to end up on the lookout for any Skype app updates in the upcoming weeks for this expanded feature.
Are you excited for this feature to be added to your iOS device? Will you be using it? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.[Via Skype (blog)]