people still buy apple phone where to make a video call you need to download a separate app!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
With a newborn baby to show off, Eric Setton was looking for a way to do video calling on the go. And he wanted to be able to reach people on any smartphone or network, which his iPhone's FaceTime application can't do.
So Setton and business partner Uri Raz created a videoconferencing app called Tango that connects phones from different makers, across any network, carrier or geographic boundary. The software has caught on with users.
More than 1 million people downloaded the app within its first 10 days.
Their company, also called Tango, is capitalizing on the surge of smartphones with cameras, along with consumers' growing comfort with videoconferencing. About 7 per cent of US adults with mobile phones have made some form of video call, according to a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. In total, about 23 per cent of Internet users have done videoconferencing, Pew found.
"The fact that Tango did 1 million downloads in 10 days, from a cold start with an unbranded app, is very respectable," said Peter Farago, vice president of marketing for Flurry Inc, a San Franciscofirm that analyzes mobile-application use.
Tango has since reached 2 million downloads, less than a month after the software made its debut. Compare that with Foursquare Labs Inc, the mobile service that lets users broadcast their whereabouts to friends. The New York company took about a year to get its first million members.
The Tango app is free to download. The Palo Alto, California-based company may eventually make money by offering premium services, said Setton, who serves as chief technology officer. Some companies with free apps rely on advertising, though that isn't likely to work with video calling, he said.
"We think it is very important to say video calling will remain free forever," said Setton, 31. "We will monetize it at some point."