There was once a time when talking to a person in some distant corner of the world was a dream. With technological revolutions today, you not only talk to someone in voice but can also see the person speak to you live, provided you have the right equipment and associated features!

With advancements in communication techniques and the emergence of new gadgets, the tech world has, today, seen things turn real which used to be a vision once.A lot of applications are available today that enable you to have a live video chatting involvement with a person located anywhere on the globe.

Facetime is one such video telephony product brought to you by Apple Inc. Loaded with features like free calling, video chatting, file transfer, push notifications, Facetime is a user-friendly app and requires a good internet connectivity. Facetime featured in the Mac Appstore in 2011 for the first time. You can run Facetime seamlessly on iPhones, iPads and iPods that support it.

Facetime is supported by any iOS device with a front camera and any Macintosh computer equipped with an iSight camera. Unlike Mac OS X’s iChat, Facetime does not let you hold group conferencing. It gives you a one-on-one video chatting experience i.e. between two persons only. So if you receive a call from another user, the session with the present user comes to an end.

If you are already on a voice call and wish to activate the Facetime feature, all you need is to click on the Facetime button.

Now here’s something that would certainly disappoint if you are an Android fan. Facetime does not have a version for Android. Yes, ‘Facetime for Android’ is a myth as of the moment. Apple is perhaps too protective of its intellectual rights. Incompatibility to non-apple devices is one of its greatest drawbacks because not everyone can afford an iPhone or a MacBook. So what to do then? Well, for the Android users, there are many alternatives some of which are way better than Facetime in terms of customer satisfaction.

You can try out the very popular Skype from Microsoft. Its interface being simple and clean, the fact that it runs in several platforms including Android, iPhones, iPads, tablets, PCs, Macs helps hold its grounds remarkably well against the Apple giant. However, Facetime is integrated with its OS and Skype is not.

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Speaking of another similar app Hangouts, it initially had complaints of not being able to deliver features as promised. But it has come a long way. Facetime has a slight improved interface but the versatility of Hangouts stands second to none.

Facebook Messenger initially started off with just a chunk of features torn away from the main FB app but it has expanded exponentially since then. Interestingly, FB messenger though without much flashy interface, ismore convenient to use than Facetime.

Viber seems like colour swapped WhatsApp but performance-wise is lot stable and provides relatively inexpensive calling service. Although Viber provides finer voice quality but Facetime is better especially in the video quality of chatting.

Apps like Imo and Tango provide excellent, free video calls and chatting services. Imo has the striking feature that it does not drop calls unlike few apps. Tango on the other hand, with all its essential features in the bottom of the screen emerges as one of the bests in terms of user friendly designs.  ooVoo is yet another video call app that also allows group chat as against Facetime which doesn’t.

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Although users have mixed remarks about Facetime, it purely depends on the preference of the users. While it’s a fact that most people cannot do without the customisation and flexibility of Android but Facetime has its own relevance.

Facetime V/S Android Equivalents

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