Tango, a small California-based start-up, has released an update for its calling app that adds video messaging and animation effects. Tango Video Calls, which debuted in the App Store last year, offers free voice and video calls over Wi-Fi and 3G and uses the front-facing camera on the latest iOS devices.
The new video messages feature lets you leave a video voicemail for other Tango users who don’t answer your call. After the person you’re calling doesn’t answer, you’re offered the ability to leave a video message. If you select yes, you press record when you’re ready (thankfully, it doesn’t start recording right away so you have a few moments to primp if needed), record your message, and then send it when you’re done.
Tango has created a video highlighting the new feature:
Tango’s online support center states that you can send and receive an unlimited number of video messages at no charge. However, you can only play the five most recent messages you’ve received. To access more, you must pay $.99 via in-app purchase to increase your storage by five more messages.
The other new feature, Tango Surprises, adds animations to your video calls. Available animations include floating balloons and hearts. These animations cost $1.99 via in-app purchase to use.
Of these two new features, video messaging is the most useful since there’s no other way to leave a message for another Tango user if they don’t answer your call. Tango Surprises are cute but not necessary, though I could see them being appreciated if the person you’re calling is under the age of 10.
Tango Video Calls requires iOS 4.0 or higher and works with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 3rd- and 4th-generation iPod touch and the iPad and iPad 2.