Today we wanted to give a different perspective to free phone calls industry – We will compare the top 3 giants who are waging and leading the war. These are not small apps or small businesses but top technology companies with billions and billions of cash reserve. As the world is becoming more and more social, the way people communicate with each other has changed a lot. In early 2000’s when online chat came into existence, it was assumed to be innovation and users were enjoying the features. Today online chat is an integral and must to have feature of any ecommerce or social media website. Today the innovation is targeted towards voice, video and instant messaging. People’s expectations have grown a lot. This article will talk about the top 3 giants in the free phone call industry and the war among them.
The recent traction in the social media world is Google plus. Google plus’s feature of hangout is a revolutionary way of connecting people. Video conferencing is there in the industry for a long time, but no one came forward to offer this as a free service. Today millions of people are enjoying Google hangout and are connecting with people. With the new announcement that Google hangout availability on mobile will radically change how people will connect in the days to come.
Skype + Facebook + Microsoft
Now that Skype is being acquired by Microsoft, this war is exciting. Microsoft was never good in acquiring companies. We know the long battle between Microsoft and Yahoo in getting into a deal. But surprisingly Microsoft announced acquiring Skype for a whooping 8.5 Billion USD. This is by far the largest acquisition that Microsoft has done in the recent past with an exception to Yahoo. Now with the Skype-Facebook deal for video chat is creating much more interest. While this is a direct answer for Google video chat and hangout we will have to wait and see who is going to rule this market.
The giant known for its innovation, has created a great app and pioneered the video chatting options on a mobile phone. Will its revolutionary elegance, Apple has added value to the industry. The experience that Apple has brought to the table is commendable. As always there are folks in Android who are trying to create similar apps copying iPhone’s feature. This may be too late for the Droid team – Apple iPhone users are in millions and it will take more than copy to attract them!