The will let you stream live video to the web instantly, but the app also includes a “Video Chat” option that you can use when you just want to stream privately to people and chat with them.I happened to already have another Qik account, so with the Qik web app I can just initiate a call with my home user account.With that said, the stream runs fast, chatting is really easy and fun, and includes a highly-functional text chat if that’s what you prefer.

I’ve run through about 5 different apps that promise to deliver video chatting well, but narrowed it down to two that actually do.

There is one particular app that deserves an honorable mention, because I’ve used it for so many years.

The web version is probably the fastest and most convenient way to stay in touch with others on the Qik network.

Here I am connected from the website to my mobile that’s streaming live video to Qik in the other room.

I just assumed that Skype would make the very top of the list when it comes to video chatting because it has always outperformed my expectations when it came to voice chatting and conferencing.

Skype offers an app on Google Play that claims you can use it to make free Skype-to-Skype video calls, in addition to regular text chatting and voice of course.

Trying to squeeze streaming video from a 2 megapixel camera over a 2G mobile data line was one thing, but streaming 5 megapixel video through a 4G data network or higher is a whole different story.

If you’re running an Android, you’ve got lots to choose from for sending and receiving IM through your data network instead of using up your allotted texts. When it comes to video chatting, you’re looking at a whole different set of choices.

Have a video chat from the hotel, say hi to your wife or husband and say goodnight to your kids.

Being able to see them and talk to them really makes the trip much less painful.

My assistant Nicole asked me a bunch of questions from a readers point of view.