Facetime for Android?
September 14, 2012 9:11 AM   Subscribe

Is there a way to talk make a Facetime call from an Android phone to an iPad?

I have a friend who prefers to communicate with people using Facetime on his iPad. I do not have an iOS device, although I do have several Android devices. Is there a way for me to make an Android-to-iOS Facetime call?

My gut instinct is that their probably isn't. However, when Steve Jobs first announced Facetime he declared onstage that it would be an open standard that others could implement. Although a Google search tells me that that may not actually have happened, I'd love to be wrong and find that somebody built an app or work around that lets me do this.

I know that there are equivalent systems available for Android. For example, I can make video calls over Google Talk. This question is not about that.

What do you think, Mefites? Is there any way to make a Facetime call from Android?

posted by Vorteks to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
As far as I know, this is impossible. There are cross-platform programs that do video chat, like Skype, but he'd have to switch from Facetime on his end.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 9:15 AM on September 14, 2012

No you can't. There are other options... one option is Skype.
posted by bbxx at 9:17 AM on September 14, 2012

As your link said, Steve's announcement on stage was the first time the Facetime team had heard about it being an open standard. I follow Apple pretty closely and I haven't heard any mentions of it since then. Your best bet is Skye or something similar.
posted by alms at 10:02 AM on September 14, 2012

No. Facetime won't connect with another phone that doesn't have Facetime, regardless of who calls who, and there is still no cross-platform Facetime. I don't even think you can download Facetime from anywhere since it is pre-loaded onto IOS 4.0+ devices, much less run it, unless it's for an install on a Mac.
posted by sm1tten at 10:41 AM on September 14, 2012

You can, however, do the opposite. Use an app like Vtok on an iPhone or iPad to video chat with people on Android via Google Talk.
posted by thecjm at 10:47 AM on September 14, 2012

Tango.me until FaceTime opens up.
posted by blue_beetle at 9:56 PM on September 14, 2012

Ok, that's what I thought. Thanks everyone.
posted by Vorteks at 8:19 PM on September 15, 2012

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