A growing number of Android phones including the HTC Evo and Samsung Galaxy S have front-facing cameras, which means you should be able to use them to make video calls. Of course, in order for that to work, you need software that supports video calls — and the folks at Fring have launched the first app that does that.
Fring is a multi-protocol app for Android, iPhone, and other devices that lets you chat and make voice calls to your Fring contacts as well as Skype, Google Talk, AIM, Windows Live, and Yahoo contacts. Today Fring launched an updated Android app that also supports video calls on supported devices (with front-facing cameras).
I tried to test the app on my Google Nexus One running Android 2.2 Froyo, but it kept crashing.
I’m guessing that the problem is Froyo rather than the phone’s lack of a front-facing camera, since the Fring blog suggests that the app should work on the Nexus One. It’s just you need a device with 2 cameras to support 2-way chat. Phones with a single camera like the Nexus One support 1-way video chat, which means you might have to flip your phone around to shoot video.
Fring is available as a free download from the Android Market.
You can check out a video showing Fring video calls in action after the break.
via Android and Me