IM+ is a pretty well-known messenger, but don’t be fooled by the title of this post, IM+ Video isn’t an IM+ client or something similar. It is a completely new product by the IM+ team. We all use Facebook and most of us have a drawer full of complaints about our favorite social networking site. The chat service is the victim of the heaviest criticism by Facebook users and that’s because it really is one of the few areas where the social media giant can improve. But there is a plethora of supporting apps which go a long way towards enhancing Facebook’s features and covering for its shortcomings. IM+ Video is a pleasant addition to such apps for iOS devices, bringing video calling and chat improvements to the mobile Facebook experience. If you have ever used Google+, then consider IM+ Video as an app that brings Hangouts too Facebook.
The app is quite simple to use. Just connect your Facebook account with it and you are good to go. You can think of IM+ Video as Skype for Facebook. The app is not for browsing your Facebook account It simply pulls your contacts from the site, allowing you to start a conversation with any online contact.
Just tap the friend you want to talk to and you will get two options – Chat and Call. Choosing Call sends a link to your friend, clicking which redirects them to an audio or video conversation with you. The service doesn’t feel laggy at all and works pretty well. Your own video feed is shown in the top right corner of the chat window.
The Chat option too isn’t as boring as it sounds. It brings some welcome extra functionalities to Facebook’s drab IM chat. You can share photos from your device right from inside the chat window. Tap the arrow button at the top right of the screen to access all the sharing options, including photo sharing straight from the camera. In addition, the app provides you with a neatly sorted chat history for all friends. You can also browse through some areas of your friends’ profiles, and the app is certainly much better than the official Facebook messenger app for iOS.
IM+ Video is a free app and can be found at the download link given below. The video chat feature works optimally with Wi-Fi, although there are no restrictions for its use on a 3G connection as well (unlike FaceTime).