5 best alternatives to FaceTime
The statistics show that more than 70% of all mobile devices in the world are Android-based (as of February 2022). All those people can’t use FaceTime for communication and remote collaboration. Fortunately, there are many other options for video calling and instant messaging available on both platforms. These options can’t serve as a complete replacement for the most famous Apple video calling app but they are excellent solutions for remote workers in their own right.
Whoosh is quite new to the market, but it has already found its way into the niche of video calling apps.
This platform serves the same purpose as FaceTime - it helps users to set up and take part in high-quality, engaging, and interactive online meetings. Whoosh offers an all-in-one virtual workplace, where people can set up voice and video calls, record meetings, and save them on cloud storage, share screen, and files, apply virtual backgrounds, and try leading-edge AI-based features.
What makes it different from Apple's creation is the outstanding user experience and care it provides. The developers put great effort into overcoming video call fatigue that many remote workers experience. That's why Whoosh was created to make everyone feel comfortable during video calls.
Whoosh offers the following features:
- Outstanding Full-HD video calls to forget about the display between you and other meeting participants
- Touch-up tools to hide all imperfections and highlight your brightest sides
- Virtual 3D backgrounds to change a messy backdrop into a stylish and neat office or a nature view
- AR masks and photorealistic avatars to have fun with your teammates
- Gesture and emotion recognition to share reactions with sign language
Whoosh offers excellent cross-platform support being compatible with desktops, tablets, and mobile devices, both iOS and Android. Moreover, it also has a web version available on the official website.
- Premium plans start at $14.99
What we like:
- Unlimited conference calls with up to 500 participants
- Full-HD video quality
- Sound-enhancing features: background noise cancellation and audio stream splitting
- Touch-up tools
- AI-powered video-focused system
WhatsApp is another FaceTime-like app, which is widely known for cross-platform video calls and messaging in private and group chats. It started as a simple messaging app but has grown into an advanced solution for personal and business communication. This service is available worldwide, allowing making international calls from anywhere in the world (just turn on an internet connection or find a WiFi hotspot).
As for its major features, they are:
- Powerful audio calls with up to 256 people at once
- High-quality video conferences with up to 8 participants
- Messaging: group and private chats, voice recordings, smart notifications
- Photo, video, and documentation sharing
- End-to-end encryption
WhatsApp is a cross-platform solution, available on iOS, Android, and from a web browser.
What we like:
- Free-of-charge solution with many features
- WhatsApp Business App for small-scale companies
- High-end encryption
- Quick and convenient messaging
3) Facebook Messenger
If you’re an active Facebook user, you probably have its messaging app - Messenger - installed on your phone. It’s a popular alternative to FaceTime with more than 2.5 billion active users, where you can talk with your Facebook friends, get in touch with various companies, and communicate with your team. It’s no surprise why this app is the most frequently used messenger all over the world - it has everything you need for effective communication on the web.
Here are its key features:
- Video and voice calls with screen sharing
- Group and private messaging
- Voice recordings
- AR animated effects
- Custom chat themes
- Live streaming over a video chat
The app works well on Android and iOS. Moreover, users can try its Lite version with slightly limited functionality but lighter weight. This version supports video calling, and if you’re still doubting whether this app is worth a shot, start your journey with Messenger Lite.
What we like:
- Easy access with a Facebook account
- The company plans to introduce cross-app communication with Instagram, Portal, and Oculus
- The lite version, which requires less space on your device and offers all the standard features found in the main version
Everyone used Skype at least once. It has been with us since the beginning of the era of virtual communication when apps that are quick and simple like FaceTime didn’t even exist in the minds of their creators.
Although Skype is the oldest service on our list, this doesn’t mean it isn’t worth your attention. For about 20 years of development, this app has transformed into a robust solution for conference calls, remote collaboration, and arranging large-scale meetings. Skype is known for its stability, quality of service, and constant updates that help it to adapt to our constantly changing world. Statistics show that in 2020, there were more than 40 million daily active Skype users.
Take a closer look at its features:
- Local and international video and audio calls
- HD video and audio conferencing
- Instant messaging: in groups, one-on-one, @mentions, reactions
- Meeting recordings with live transcription
- Multiplatform availability: desktops, smartphones, tablets, web version, Xbox, Alexa
- SMS and landline calls
- Background effects: built-in and custom images
Skype is available on computers, mobile devices, and tablets: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android.
What we like:
- Crystal clear sound and high-quality video
- Skype to Mobile: it allows connecting with non-Skype users
- Local Skype Numbers available in 25 countries
- Quick switch between devices
- Virtual meetups with up to 100 people
5) Google Duo
If you have an Android phone, there’s a high chance that it has Google Duo pre-installed.
Many users praise it for being fairly simple to use. All you have to do is to open the app and choose the people you want to talk with. Obviously, they need to have this app installed on their devices to be able to answer your calls. Fortunately, it doesn’t matter which operating system they use because Google Duo is cross-platform.
Its key features include:
- High-quality group video and audio conferences with up to 32 people
- Video and voice messages
- AI-powered audio enhancement
- Blocking of unwanted calls
- End-to-end encryption of every conversation
- Nice animations and filters
Google Duo can be used on almost any device, it even offers Android Wear support. It works perfectly on computers, laptops, Android and iOS devices, and some smart displays, such as Google Nest Hub Max.
What we like:
- No need to create a personal account - the service uses your phone number
- Video-focused solution
- User-friendly interface and quick setup
- Knock Knock: this feature allows you to see other callers before answering the phone
This article has explored some of the best FaceTime alternatives for Android phones. Each of these apps has its own unique set of features, so it’s up to you to decide which one is the best fit for your needs.
If you’re looking for the latest solution with modern features, try Whoosh. On the other hand, if you want to use something classic, Skype is at your disposal.
Real communication is what we all miss today, so choose wisely. You need not just an app, but a companion that will connect you with the rest of the world.