Full Review of YouNow: Video Chat with Your Friends

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A standard phone is becoming a thing of the past. With YouNow, it is possible to communicate with your friends using streaming video. With this Android and iOS app, the boundaries have been erased and you get in touch with your family and friends even if you live in different countries and cannot see each other in real life. Broadcast yourself live, view other broadcasters and talk to them.

Interface 

You can register using your account on social networks, such as Twitter or Facebook. However, users can also view broadcasts without registering. The main menu is at the top of the screen. Users can classify their search using such hashtags as #dancers, #artist, #designer, #girls, #musicians, etc., add users to favorites lists and get notified when they go live. The app shows the number of viewers. Note that you can assess broadcasters using voting panel under the video: thumbs up for a good video and thumbs down for a video you don’t like.

Moreover, you can comment on videos, and if you go live yourself, you’ll know the needs of your audience. Improve your status and earn a higher level by broadcasting, active viewing, sharing and integrating social networks accounts. Any time your level gets higher you get special coins and can access more tools and gifts. The app also has premium bars which allow users to send premium gifts to their favorite broadcasters, even a virtual marriage proposal. The score is 5/5.

Features 

Let’s have a look at the app key features:

  • The best tool for live video streaming;

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  • View broadcasts without registering;
  • Talk to your favorite broadcasters;
  • Stay connected with friends and family;
  • Go live, gain fans and chat with broadcasters any time you like;
  • Capture live video moments;
  • Send gifts to other broadcasters;
  • Find celebrities, famous personalities and discover talented people;
  • Assess videos using a voting panel.
  • The score is 5/5.

    Performance and User Experience 

    Many subscribers consider the app to be entertaining and addictive. On the other hand, some broadcasters act provocative and inappropriate, so a parent should pay attention to what their kids watch. Some users say it’s unable to log in via Facebook. Sometimes the video may freeze or keep skipping. There are a few complaints about bans without reasons. The score is 4/5.

    Devices Compatibility 

    The app’s latest version requires Android 4.0 or later or iOS 7.0 or later. The score is 4/5.

    Pros

    • Download for free;
    • Smart interface;
    • Real-time streaming video;
    • Better than standard messengers, Facebook or Instagram if you miss your friends or your loved ones and want to communicate with them using video;
    • A great channel to showcase your talents and skills. Are you good at playing the piano or singing? Go live and show your personality to the whole world!

    Cons

    • Not good for parental control; live streaming is unpredictable, and children can encounter violent or forbidden content.
    • Videos are available in real time only; you cannot store them in the app. If you want to record a video, you’ll need an extra camera;
    • Premium virtual gifts are not free.

    The Verdict

    YouNow is a broadcasting tool with a huge community which enables users to make their videos and watch channels of the other users. Follow people and search them using hashtags. In addition to that, the platform is a good opportunity to show your skills and get some inspiration by watching the content of talented creators. Funny and appealing videos will help you to relax after a long day.

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