A new video chat option has arrived on the iPad with fring announcing the iPad optimized version of its software, which will compete with other iPad communication apps as the tablet becomes a video conferencing hub.
In its battle against other iPad video chat software fring will wield a few unique weapons that set it apart from the competition. The fring for iPad app will be optimized for the iPad’s 9.7-inch screen. Some other applications currently available scale down the video to the same size it would be on an iPhone.
Fring’s service also offers group video calling with up to four participants. And, fring manages to let iPad users video chat with friends on non-iOS devices. With Apple’s proprietary vid-chat app, FaceTime, iPad owners are confined to the Apple ecosystem and can only communicate with people on other supported iPad 2s, iPhones, iPod Touches, and Macs. In addition to devices running iOS 4.0 or later, Fring will work with Android and Nokia products.
Aside from FaceTime, fring might also have to soon compete with an iPad-optimized version of Skype. Rick Osterloh, Skype VP of Consumer and Product Design, told the Unofficial Apple Weblog that such an app was in the works and would be available soon.
In the meantime, fring is currently available and provides some unique features not seen by other video chat apps. It is free in the App Store, and you can see it in action in the video below.