Can the Pixel 3 FaceTime with iPhone?
Ever since iPhones emerged, the FaceTime app has been a staple of Apple’s smartphone universe. Enabling users to make quick video calls, it’s proved to be a great way to connect people all around the world.
But, unfortunately, this doesn’t include those using Android smartphones. Proprietary solely to Apple devices, you’re still not able to facetime between the two platforms. This includes Google’s Pixel 3 phone as well.
No FaceTime for Android
With Apple keeping FaceTime to themselves, the app hasn’t been available for any other mobile platform, Android and Microsoft alike. If you ever encountered an iPhone user telling you to “facetime” them, you could only shrug at the notion.
However, there are solutions that can make the two platforms connect. These come in the form of universal apps, available for both Android and iOS operating systems.
Coming from Microsoft, Skype is now one of the most popular communication apps in the world. Offering voice and video calls over the Internet, it’s a decent alternative to FaceTime. Being almost standard for business use, it’s also a great tool to make personal calls as well.
You can download Skype from Google Play for your Android and the Apple’s App Store if you’re using iPhone or iPad. There’s also a business version of Skype, formerly known as Lync. It’s called “Skype for Business” and is available for both platforms: Android, iOS.
Having over 2.6 billion monthly active users, Facebook is the largest social media platform existing today. Conversely, their messenger app, aptly named Facebook Messenger, is the second most used service of its kind.
Surpassed only by WhatsApp’s two billion monthly active users, 1.3 billion people use Facebook Messenger on a regular basis. Offering chat options, as well as voice and video calls, chances are your friends already use it. If so, it’s a simple matter of tapping the video call button in the top right corner of your contact’s page, and you’re all set.
Retiring their old Hangouts app, Google introduced Google Duo as the new solution for keeping the conversation alive. Available for all types of mobile devices and computers, it allows you to make quick one-to-one video calls with your friends and family.
If you want to make things even more interesting, Google Duo also allows for group video calls for up to twelve people. And if someone’s network connection gets a little slow, it won’t matter. The app will hold people on call, regardless of the momentary drop in their connection quality.
Having covered the apps from the three largest tech giants, there’s also one app that doesn’t have such a massive backing. First released in 2016, Houseparty is the social networking app that allows you to video chat using your mobile device or computer.
Developed by the little known San Francisco-based company Life on Air, it was purchased by the Epic Games studio in 2019. With the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the globe, Houseparty quickly gained world recognition. It even won the Webby Special Achievement Award, at the 2020 Webby Awards held in May.
In March 2020, it reached the sixth place of the most downloaded free apps in the U.S. App Store. It also managed to climb to the first place in Canada, United Kingdom, and New Zealand. You can install it from Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store.
Android and iOS Connected
Hopefully one of these apps will help you make video calls with other people that aren’t using iPhones and iPads. Regardless of which app you choose, seeing a friendly face has never been easier. No matter where they are.
Which app do you find to be the best for you? Do you find them better than FaceTime? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.