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July 21, 2020

Video Chat Applications: Types and Development

Applications used worldwide for business, socializing, and meetings. What do you need to develop a video chat app?
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Today we will talk about the possibility and the way to build a video chat app. Today, there are many video chat apps in the market, with some prevailing and being the most used ones in the world. Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp video call, and Instagram video call.

Have you ever wondered how these companies developed their video chat application? Today we will cover the process and some specifications to help you develop one.

You must bear in mind that it's not the best idea to try to compete with such big companies, but also know that all these companies were started by enthusiast entrepreneurs and developers.

As the name states, the purpose of these apps is to allow the user to stream video and sound from their device. Knowing how to build one of these apps doesn't mean you will have to make an app competing with the communication leaders. In fact, it can be very beneficial for communication within an organization or even develop this system freelance.

Types of video chat apps

There are several types of video chat applications. Video conferencing apps, video calling apps, and Video entertainment apps.

Video conferencing apps

These apps are usually apps that can host more than 100 participants per meeting. They are used for business, e-learning, socializing, and events. This type of application counts with many benefits and features.

Now that we are in quarantine, it's the most used type of video chat. Unbelievable but true, Zoom has surpassed Skype in how much it's being used. It's not easy to understand how a well-established video chat service can be displaced by a startup. But as we live in a world that is constantly innovating, there's always space for new things to come up.

One of the main requirements to develop this kind of application is to provide awesome video and audio quality. The internet connection should not be interfered with by the internet connectivity.

There are multiple features that can be added to a regular or basic Video Conferencing application. Such as screen sharing, whiteboarding, comments, and live chat. 

Video Calling apps

These apps are chat applications that also offer a Video Calling feature. The most recognized ones and most ones are Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Viber, and Instagram.

These apps don't allow multitudinary videoconferences, where more than 100 users can join. Usually, they are 1-1 meetings, and in some cases, up to 5 people can be added.

Skype initially launched its product as a Video Calling app and then was added into the section of Video Conferencing as well. It is the most popular service for video calls worldwide

Skype counts with apps available for IOS, Android, Blackberry, Amazon, and more. It's cross-platform and available for every operating system, Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Video Entertainment apps 

This is the less used Video chat service, but still one that makes noise. This kind of service is more for socializing rather than communicating. Apps like HouseParty and Discord are in charge.

Houseparty works like an online lounge where there are multiple meetings you can be invited or knock a door to join. Counts with a lobby, meetings, and even built-in games.

Now that we know the types of Video Chat Applications, we can go forward to how to build one of these.

What do we need to build a Video Chat Application? 

There are a couple of ingredients you will need to build this type of application. You will need a front-end team, a Back-end team, and UX/UI experts. The technology used will be Video Streaming Protocols. Can you do this all by yourself? The answer is yes, but the recommendation is no.

The UX/UI team has to focus on making the simplest app possible. The design for this type of service has to be intuitive and didactic. Users have to know how to use it without a manual. On the design end, it must have the necessary items and nothing more than that. A couple of buttons with its related functions.  

The Back-end team has to focus on the server logic. This can be done by implementing software from scratch or by the use of Saas solutions. Can you build it from scratch? You surely can, but the recommendation is to use a built solution. It´s more efficient, cost and time-saving.

The technology used has to transmit video and audio in a live way. This is done by the use of WebRTC (Real-Time Communication) protocols. This allows the server to exchange the necessary data with the clients. WebRTC is the most secure protocol and the most used for this kind of development. 

In conclusion, there are multiple types of Video Chat Applications. Every type has a specific function in the market. Video conferencing apps, video calling apps, and Video entertainment apps. Video conferencing apps allow for multitudinary meetings over 100 people, video calling apps are the most used apps to have a video call, and video entertainment apps are similar to video calling apps but are focused on socializing rather than communicating. If you are planning to develop one of these applications, first be sure to be able to offer it to a targeted audience as the majority of the market is already taken. This improves your odds of success by a big difference. Trying to launch a communications service is costly and you would compete with Microsoft. In other words, don´t waste your time. This doesn't mean you shouldn't know how to build one of these services, as you can offer it to private organizations or for personal use.

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Lucas Bonder
Technical Writer
Lucas is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, and Article Writer about Technology.

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DevelopersJuly 21, 2020
Video Chat Applications: Types and Development
Applications used worldwide for business, socializing, and meetings. What do you need to develop a video chat app?

Today we will talk about the possibility and the way to build a video chat app. Today, there are many video chat apps in the market, with some prevailing and being the most used ones in the world. Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp video call, and Instagram video call.

Have you ever wondered how these companies developed their video chat application? Today we will cover the process and some specifications to help you develop one.

You must bear in mind that it's not the best idea to try to compete with such big companies, but also know that all these companies were started by enthusiast entrepreneurs and developers.

As the name states, the purpose of these apps is to allow the user to stream video and sound from their device. Knowing how to build one of these apps doesn't mean you will have to make an app competing with the communication leaders. In fact, it can be very beneficial for communication within an organization or even develop this system freelance.

Types of video chat apps

There are several types of video chat applications. Video conferencing apps, video calling apps, and Video entertainment apps.

Video conferencing apps

These apps are usually apps that can host more than 100 participants per meeting. They are used for business, e-learning, socializing, and events. This type of application counts with many benefits and features.

Now that we are in quarantine, it's the most used type of video chat. Unbelievable but true, Zoom has surpassed Skype in how much it's being used. It's not easy to understand how a well-established video chat service can be displaced by a startup. But as we live in a world that is constantly innovating, there's always space for new things to come up.

One of the main requirements to develop this kind of application is to provide awesome video and audio quality. The internet connection should not be interfered with by the internet connectivity.

There are multiple features that can be added to a regular or basic Video Conferencing application. Such as screen sharing, whiteboarding, comments, and live chat. 

Video Calling apps

These apps are chat applications that also offer a Video Calling feature. The most recognized ones and most ones are Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Viber, and Instagram.

These apps don't allow multitudinary videoconferences, where more than 100 users can join. Usually, they are 1-1 meetings, and in some cases, up to 5 people can be added.

Skype initially launched its product as a Video Calling app and then was added into the section of Video Conferencing as well. It is the most popular service for video calls worldwide

Skype counts with apps available for IOS, Android, Blackberry, Amazon, and more. It's cross-platform and available for every operating system, Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Video Entertainment apps 

This is the less used Video chat service, but still one that makes noise. This kind of service is more for socializing rather than communicating. Apps like HouseParty and Discord are in charge.

Houseparty works like an online lounge where there are multiple meetings you can be invited or knock a door to join. Counts with a lobby, meetings, and even built-in games.

Now that we know the types of Video Chat Applications, we can go forward to how to build one of these.

What do we need to build a Video Chat Application? 

There are a couple of ingredients you will need to build this type of application. You will need a front-end team, a Back-end team, and UX/UI experts. The technology used will be Video Streaming Protocols. Can you do this all by yourself? The answer is yes, but the recommendation is no.

The UX/UI team has to focus on making the simplest app possible. The design for this type of service has to be intuitive and didactic. Users have to know how to use it without a manual. On the design end, it must have the necessary items and nothing more than that. A couple of buttons with its related functions.  

The Back-end team has to focus on the server logic. This can be done by implementing software from scratch or by the use of Saas solutions. Can you build it from scratch? You surely can, but the recommendation is to use a built solution. It´s more efficient, cost and time-saving.

The technology used has to transmit video and audio in a live way. This is done by the use of WebRTC (Real-Time Communication) protocols. This allows the server to exchange the necessary data with the clients. WebRTC is the most secure protocol and the most used for this kind of development. 

In conclusion, there are multiple types of Video Chat Applications. Every type has a specific function in the market. Video conferencing apps, video calling apps, and Video entertainment apps. Video conferencing apps allow for multitudinary meetings over 100 people, video calling apps are the most used apps to have a video call, and video entertainment apps are similar to video calling apps but are focused on socializing rather than communicating. If you are planning to develop one of these applications, first be sure to be able to offer it to a targeted audience as the majority of the market is already taken. This improves your odds of success by a big difference. Trying to launch a communications service is costly and you would compete with Microsoft. In other words, don´t waste your time. This doesn't mean you shouldn't know how to build one of these services, as you can offer it to private organizations or for personal use.

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Lucas is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, and Article Writer about Technology.

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