This week's news that Facebook is preparing a rival to Snapchat showed that the messaging market is one of the most important growth areas in the mobile industry. But what if you actually want to see the person you're chatting to? Network speeds have improved enough to mean video chats should a real possibility for most of us, so here are five of our favourite video messaging apps.
Probably the most famous video calling app, Skype is beloved by grandparents and gap-year students the world over, with over 250 million users across the world. Available on a wide range of devices across all platforms, the free app provides a quick and easy way to stay in contact with friends, colleagues or family. Now owned by Microsoft, the app also offers a great instant messaging service for when you don't have video capability.
Tango is one of the most popular third-party video call apps around, with its simple interface and good call quality attracting a large number of users. Video chats with up to 50 people are supported by the app and voice calls and instant messaging are also free to other Tango users, using your phone's data connection instead, and you can even add multiple people to the two latter chat functions. The app also has an app store where you can purchase mini-games which you can then play with others during a video chat.