Skype vs FaceTime vs Hangouts : Detailed Comparison

Video calling over the internet has been there for more than a decade. The advancements in the mobile technologies and data networks have made the video calling services cheaper and more accessible. So, all seems good for the users. But there is one big challenge – with so many video calling apps available for free, it becomes a little difficult for the users to pick the right one.

Here is a quick comparison between the three biggest video calling services available at this time – Skype, FaceTime, and Google Hangouts.


Platforms Compatibility

Almost all the major video calling apps today are designed for cross platform or multi-platform functionality. However, there are certain limitations with some of them. For instance, FaceTime is one of the most popular video calling apps around. The only challenge, and a big one at that, is it is available only to the Apple devices. So, if you have an iOS device or an OSX computer, you can use FaceTime. It is not compatible with the other devices.

Google hangouts and Skype, on the other hand, are available across almost all platforms including Android, iOS, OSX, and Windows (both mobiles and PCs). Google Hangout can be used as a web-based app on the computers. Skype is available as installable, stand-alone software.

Features and interface

FaceTime comes with the bare minimum features required to make high-quality video calls. With FaceTime, Apple wanted to focus only on video-calling. For the rest, you could use iMessage, which is a chat and voice calling service.

Skype and Google Hangouts are a complete package. Both of them offer text, voice, and video calling. You can also send and receive pictures, voice notes, and files with both these applications.

Call Quality

If truth be told, the call quality depends largely upon your device and the type of internet connection. All the three top players in the market use the best technology and finest techniques to create their video calling products. For most of us, difference in the call quality may not be apparent. However, FaceTime users claim that they experience the best video calling quality with it. So, that is pretty much the verdict of the users.

Note : Unfortunelay, you can’t get Facetime on Android phone as Apple has denied to bring Android version of Facetime. So, you can try others.