Israeli startup company Rounds, which offers users the option of having real-time video chats whilst engaging in social activities and playing games, has launched its iOS and Android mobile app.
Rounds’ expansion into the mobile realm and the launching of its new app, called “Rounds Video Chat Hangout”, will result in a significant increase in users, or so the company hopes. Today, over 60 million users spend an average of 40 minutes-per-use, and more than a million users are registered each day on the company’s previously released Facebook app, Chrome add-on and Mac and Windows desktop version.
The recently launched mobile version will enable users to chat with their friends using video chat, watch YouTube clips together, share photos, draw together and capture photos of the people chatting. The company adds that on the app’s next update, it will include video-messaging options and the ability to play HTML5-based games together.
“Online meeting will become the main form of interaction”
Rounds CEO Dany Fishel said that the internet is full of softwares to communicate using video, but Rounds is unique, since it enables users to add more layers of entertainment and interaction, which creates what he says is a more genuine experience. While talking to each other is important, he says, life doesn’t happen behind a desk or at the computer, and mobile apps are the next phase in society’s evolution, as it moves towards an age where online meetings are the main form of social interaction.
Later, the company launched a different product, intended for Facebook, which enables users to interact and play with their Facebook friends. The company has raised $5.5 million to date. Among the company’s investors are familiar names such as Daniel Recanati’s Rhodium fund, Verizon, Tim Draper, Ze’ev Bergman, Yaron Galai, Startup Factory and more.
The Rounds app is available for both Android and iPhone users and the company plans on launching an iPad app in early 2013, alongside the Rounds website, which will connect users from all the Rounds platforms.
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