Skype finally got around to launching a 2-way video chat for the iPad recently, but competitor Fring already has a 4-way video chat app for the iPhone and iPad. But if that’s not good enough for you, Tinychat has you covered with a new app that lets you participate in group video calls with up to 12 people.
Yes. 12. No. I don’t know why you’d want to see 11 of your friends faces in tiny windows on your iPhone screen, but the free app does also support the iPad.
Here’s how it works. You can fire up the free TinychatFB app on your iOS device and it will show you a list of all your Facebook contacts that are online. You can invite any of them to participate in a video chat and Tinychat will send them a link to a website.
Tinychat’s desktop service is entirely browser-based. There’s no software to install. As long as your computer has a camera and a microphone you just visit the web app to participate in video chatrooms that take just a few seconds to setup.
The company’s new mobile app only lets you communicate with your Facebook contacts — not with other Tinychat mobile users. But a future app will add its own contact list and other features that lets you setup and participate in group video calls with or without Facebook.