Video conferencing has become a robust and varied business practice in the past several years. As technology has advanced and more companies have noted the potential in expanding video conferencing products, capabilities of a video conferencing system have multiplied at an impressive rate. Not long ago video conferencing was little more than connecting two cameras and allowing a remote employee to view a conference room, or linking two conference rooms together. Now, video conferencing systems are capable of linking multiple sites. Documents can be shared and even annotated across these sites in real time. Cameras can automatically zoom and pan to give the best view of a speaker or a room, while audio equipment can adjust based on the action or inaction or a participant.
That’s all well and good for the office. Often these capabilities are not only helpful, they’re required. It’s a lot easier for a company to purchase and install these systems than it ever has been, and as a result video conferencing meeting have the ability to be more beneficial than ever. However, it is not all times that these capabilities are a necessity. Sometimes it’s a simple exchange needed, and a simple solution will do the trick. Imagine two mobile employees are on the road and want to video chat quickly and comfortably. They don’t have the equipment or the need of these systems. But they do have a smartphone.
There are several apps that can serve the purpose of a video chat that are readily available for smartphones. While you may not be able to share documents or work together on content over a long distance, you will be able to speak with colleagues remotely, go over pitches, work through problems, etc. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best basic video conferencing apps for your mobile phone.