WebRTC video calls, imo.im, imo instant messenger

Not content to let Skype dominate the video calling market, leading communication and social discovery platform imo.im has unveiled an updated website today that features WebRTC-enabled communication for seamless video calls across all devices, making it the first consumer messenger product to do so.

WebRTC compatibility provides more flexibility for users across multiple devices and platforms. It’s possible that even Windows Phone users, who are currently not supported with a native imo.im application, could be able to take advantage of the new real-time video service in the future via different browsers, though WebRTC currently supports Chrome, Firefox and Opera — 90 percent of imo browser users.

WebRTC currently supports Chrome, Firefox, and Opera browsers

“Our goal is to make communication easier by building products that connect you to your family and friends anytime, anywhere,” said imo.im CEO Ralph Harik. “WebRTC pushes us even further toward that goal by being the first to bring zero-install video chat to desktops. WebRTC makes it easy to connect between your browser and mobile device, so you never have to worry about missing a video call from a friend or loved one.”

With WebRTC, there’s no need to sit by the computer waiting for a video call: you can now make and receive video calls from a browser or mobile device (and vice versa). There’s also no need to install or download extra software or plugins to be able to place a video call. Simply type in “http://imo.im” and log in, and you’re ready to start calling.

In addition to WebRTC-enabled video calling, imo’s revamped Web platform also includes:

  • Easy-to-use image galleries and new photo viewing experience
  • Infinite scroll chats that let you easily look back at your chat history
  • Broadcast multimedia content and exchange images and videos in chat
  • Synchronized contact list across mobile and Web platforms

If you’d like to utilize the downloadable imo.im application as well alongside the new WebRTC version, you can do so via Google Play or iTunes.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at http://www.joshrobertnay.com.