October 17, 2014
Hello to Go Head-to-Head With Skype, Hangouts
Mozilla is hoping people are ready to hang-up on Skype and find a new place to Hangout and leave Google behind.
The feature is built into Firefox’s beta version and allows people to set up free audio calls or video chats. The feature will go online fully in the coming weeks.
The Next Web reported the service was created in partnership with operator Telefonica. The company has been a strong supporter of Firefox’s mobile movements and leaned on its own experience from the purchase of TokBox two years ago.
“Firefox Hello makes it easy to communicate with friends and family who might not have the same video chat service, software or hardware as you. It’s free to make voice and video calls and there’s no need to download software, plugins or even create an account,” Telefonica was quoted as saying in the recent article.
Firefox is wading into a pool already filled with similar services including Skype, Hangouts and Apple’s FaceTime. A lot of competition, but, as CNet reported, Hello stands out because users don’t need to set up an account to use it.
Rather, one person only needs to send a link to the other and, once the recipient clicks on it, they can chat.
It’s a simple, easy program to use that should give the others a run for their money if Firefox can get it out on the market with ample hype.
Otherwise, with those other services — especially Skype — already having millions of users, Hello may be forced to say ‘goodbye’ to potential users.
W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.