Fring is continuing to push the boundaries of mobile communications. The company has long offered smartphone apps for making free voice and video calls over the internet. Earlier this year the company added support for 4-way video chat, letting you make video calls to up to three other people.
Today Fring launched a new feature called Fring Playgrounds which lets you chat with up to three other people you don’t know.
The idea is that you can search for chatrooms (or Playgrounds) by topic and jump in to start talking to other people interested in the same topic. It sounds like great idea for people with no friends… or something.
Maybe I’m just getting old and crotchety, but back in my day when I wanted to talk to random people that shared my interests I jumped into an IRC channel and typed out words with my own two hands. I’m not convinced that I would have been brave enough to do the same thing if I had to look at the people I was communicating with face to face.
On the other hand, the tech world was obsessed with the random conversations started by chatroullette not too long ago. Maybe this is the logical extension.
The latest version of Fring with support for Playgrounds is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store and the Android Market.