Fring is one of the most popular video chat apps that works on both iOS and Android platforms. It is a rival to Skype but brings something new to the table with a 4-way chat feature that lets you video conference with up to three other friends. Today, the app got an update that optimizes it for the iPad 2.
Interestingly, this update comes just after the leaked video of a new Skype app made for the iPad. Up to this point, Skype users have had to use the iPhone version on their iPads, which doesn’t take advantage of the larger screen. Although the video was pulled, Skype later confirmed that the app would indeed be available soon.
Besides the ability for 4-way chat, Fring also lets you call landlines and text chat. And big differentiator was that Fring allowed users to video call via their carrier’s 3G network instead of just via Wi-Fi. This is a big limiting factor for Apple’s FaceTime video calling which only works with a Wi-Fi connection. However, the leaked video demo of the new Skype app suggests that this feature will be added for Skype as well.
The Fring update 126.96.36.199 includes various bug fixes, a new drag and drop navigation, and also Bluetooth support along with other connectivity improvements. You can download the app at the iTunes App Store.