|Stable release||188.8.131.52 / September 5, 2014|
Mac OS X
|Type||Instant messaging, Videotelephony, Videoconferencing, Voice over IP|
ooVoo is a video chat and instant messaging client developed by ooVoo LLC for Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, Mac OS X, Android, iOS and Facebook. It was released in 2007, and is similar in some respects to Microsoft's Skype.
ooVoo allows registered users to communicate through free instant messaging, voice, and video chat. ooVoo conferencing software enables high quality video and audio calls with up to twelve locations simultaneously, high resolution video and desktop sharing, and PC- or Mac-to-phone calls to landlines and mobile phones for a fee.
ooVoo was founded in 2006 by Ohio entrepreneur Clayton L. Mathile, and Boston based entrepreneur Philippe Schwartz. It was based on a technology developed at Arel Communications and Software (Formerly NASDAQ:ARLCF). Arel Communications was founded in 1982 and specialized in remote e-learning and collaboration solutions. On March 13, 2006, Arel Communications was taken private by its current management and relaunched as ooVoo.
In June 2007, ooVoo for Microsoft Windows launched, allowing high-quality video chat from anywhere in the world. In February 2008, video call recording and phone calling were introduced. In May 2008, ooVoo for Apple's OS X launched, creating cross-platform capabilities for video chat. In February 2009, ooVoo 2.0 launched and featured browser-based video chat rooms and video chat through a web link with no download required. An open API was also launched with version 2.0, and allowed developers to build customized applications and widgets. In May 2009, ooVoo introduced the first air-to-ground three-way video conversation. ooVoo version 2.2 was launched in July 2009, and introduced business plans geared for multiple seats and desktop sharing. New pay-as-you-go options and international phone calling were also introduced.
In January 2010, ooVoo released its app for Android mobile devices.
On June 2, 2011, ooVoo released its iOS app for Apple’s iPhone.
On July 22, 2013, ooVoo released its Software Development Kit (SDK).
On June 10, 2014, ooVoo released its app for Windows Phone devices.
On September 9, 2014, ooVoo released its Video SDK for WebRTC.
Software Development Kit
With the release of ooVoo’s Software Development Kit (SDK) on July 22, 2013, third party software developers can add ooVoo’s video chatting capabilities to iOS and Android apps with one-on-one or multi-party video communications features. The SDK was made available for free.
On September 9, 2014 ooVoo released a video SDK for WebRTC in partnership with Intel. This version of the SDK allows mobile and web developers to build multiplatform applications integrating video chat into web applications for current Internet browsers. The video SDK for WebRTC, by taking advantage of ooVoo’s video cloud, allows developers to enable video chat regardless of the end user’s hardware. This capability means the SDK’s infrastructure is scalable and provides complete UI control to developers. The SDK also features Cloudcall Processing (leverages ooVoo Video Cloud to optimize for highest quality video), Superclear (audio optimization for clarity and lip sync), and ConnectionLock (adjusts calls for connection speed to prevent dropped calls.)
Brian Liebler announced at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show that ooVoo would soon be arriving on Sony's PlayStation 4. "It's going to be our first experience coming to the living room, which we are really, really excited about. ... We have some exciting tricks up our sleeve that we're looking forward to unveiling in the near future."
- ooVoo won PC Magazine's Software Innovation "Best in Show" Award at the DigitalLife Expo in September 2007.
- In March 2008, ooVoo won the "Webware 100" award for Communication.
- ooVoo won the Tabby Award in the Social category for its Android app in August 2013.
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