The latest update to Rounds’ video chat hangout mobile app for iOS and Android includes a co-browsing feature for friends to share the same web pages while they talk.
Rounds marketing director Natasha Shine-Zirkel said that the apps are designed to connect friends, not strangers, across different platforms in a safe environment. But it’s the activities that friends can share over the phone that make the hangouts more like hanging out in real life.
Much like they could with Google+ Hangouts, Rounds users can watch YouTube videos and create camera effects while they chat, but they aren’t limited to using their Google accounts to log in. Rounds works with iPhone, Android, Web, Facebook, Desktop, and Chrome.
Mobile users can share pictures from their phones and scribble on each others’ video images with a drawing tool. There are a number of games to play as well, including one that’s similar to Tetris.
With the co-browsing feature, friends can not only see each others’ screens, they also have simultaneous control over the sites they visit, so they can both click on links or type in a new URL within the same page. (The technology comes from Dutch company Channel.me.) In this case, users choose from a list of supported sites, including Google Search, Wikipedia, Preen.Me, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Reddit, Amazon, eBay, ESPN, The Huffington Post, wanelo, Imgur, and TheFancy.
Right now, the application is free with no advertising. Check out this demo: