ooVoo’s cloud-powered VoIP and messaging app can be used in a variety of ways, including four-way video chats, 12 simultaneous text conversations or good old fashioned one-on-one conversation. ooVoo, however, isn’t content with just these features alone and has issued a killer update for iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphones and tablets this morning.
The most notable new feature is arguably the ability to send and receive video messages — “ooVies” as the company calls them — further intensifying social engagement among friends. The video calling can be experienced on all devices and is available in twelve languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portugese, Russian, Turkish, standard and traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
The update also includes a crazy number of additional features:
- Entirely new user experience including “tap-tap-go” group calling interface.
- Industry-first video status updates
- Video call effects including filters available during video calls
- Photo messaging and video messaging (our users’ most requested features)
- Group video chat, group voice calling, and group text messaging
- Speed dialing feature for your “Fab 5” best friends
- One-touch screenshot capturing to save and share with friends
- Me screen: User created profile with videos, photos, and text status updates
- Friends screen: See videos, photos, and text status messages created by your friends
- Advanced friend finder: Search ooVoo, Facebook, Twitter, Google, and your personal contact list to add friends
How’s that for an incredible list of features?
“Since the beginning, our industry has treated mobile video chat the same way as texting or phone calling,” said Robert Jackman, CEO of ooVoo, “but we know from watching our users that video is fundamentally different, it’s more personal and intimate. It deserves its own design principles and unique features and that is exactly what ooVoo has done for its users.”
Another feature worth pointing out is the “Fab 5” feature, similar in tone to T-Mobile USA’s myFaves or Alltel’s MyCircle, only in application form and with a number of differences. According to ooVoo, since most millennials prefer to have a “close-knit network of friends over a large amount of contacts,” the Fab 5 feature was introduced to make this possible, and with one tap away from the app’s welcome screen.
All in all, this is one fantastic and major update from ooVoo that overshadows much of what we’ve seen from the company in the past. Be sure to try out the new app by downloading it from your favorite app store and let us know what you think in the comments!