There are a few video-calling options for the iPhone. The built-in FaceTime functionality works very well but is only an option if the person you are calling is using an Apple device (iPad, iPhone, or Mac). Similarly, Skype is a powerful video chat tool, but without a good connection and if your quarry doesn't use Skype, you're out of luck. So, a video chat tool using Facebook is very enticing. Seen - Video Calls for Facebook promises just that, but does it deliver or is it yet another feature-rich, connection-starved video chat app?
Upon installation, you are prompted to sign in to your Facebook account to see if any friends use the app. Seen is fairly new, so the odds are that they do not, but like all good Facebook integrated apps, you can invite friends with the tap of a button. Once you do this, you can either wait for people to start using the app themselves or you can make a test call. The app is designed only for the iPhone right now, so you'll be limited in who you can chat with; because it works through the iPhone and not Facebook's systems, you can only chat with people who also have an iPhone, though the developers promise additional versions soon.
The system works quite well. Every test we performed, on both Wi-Fi connections and 4G wireless connections, was fast and looked good. Both video and audio chat functions worked exactly as promised and the ability to record and share is a nice addition. Of course, the main issue here is adoption. Will your friends use this app, and if they do, will it supplant use of FaceTime or Skype? The answer will depend on your social network, but if adoption picks up or even if only some of your friends use it, Seen is a well-built app with the right mixture of tools and speedy connections. We recommend it for anyone who prefers to connect via Facebook over Apple's social tools.
Want to video call your Facebook friends? The OpenMarket Seen application lets you make high quality video and voice calls over Wi-Fi or 3G to your Facebook friends and groups. Better yet, these calls are FREE worldwide (mobile operator permitting and data rates may apply).Seen lets you: * Make video or HD Audio voice calls without using cellular voice minutes * Call any Facebook friends or groups worldwide * Share your visual experiences with your friendsMaking a call is simple just log in to Seen with your Facebook account and tap on a friend's profile picture to place a call. If they don't have Seen, you can invite them to use it through the app.Seen also includes privacy settings so that you can choose who can call you.See friends from the past and share your experiences with them! It's a great way to connect and talk!All you need is a Facebook account and a iPhone 3GS/4/4S, iPad 1/2 or iPod Touch 4G. Grab the app, tell your friends, and join the Seen!Download now and enjoy!---Seen is built using the OpenMarket Softphone Toolkit. Please visit http://jointheseen.com/sdk if you'd like to add Seen video/voice calling to your own app!
What's new in this version:
- Fixed volume bug on iPhone 4/4S and iPod Touch 4G devices where sound on speakerphone may be unusually quiet. - Improved audio & video quality.