|[November 29, 2012]
Rounds Launches First-Ever Mobile Hangout Network, Combining Shared Entertainment & Video Chat into Interactive Fun
TEL AVIV, Israel --(Business Wire)--
Providing the best hangout experiences on the web since 2010, Rounds (www.rounds.com)
launched today the mobile version of their social entertainment platform
- available worldwide for free - dubbed, "Rounds Video Chat Hangout."
Simple to use and compatible with iPhone 4-4S-5 and the most popular
Android devices, users can hang out and share media while video chatting
with their mobile contacts and Facebook (News - Alert) friends - including watching
YouTube videos together; switching between five view modes and adding
crazy video effects; uploading photos to view together; taking snapshots
of their live, shared moments and scribbling over each other's live
video streams. Coming soon, users will also be able to send each other
short video messages (SVM) and play HTML5-based games together.
The action isn't only in the hangout sessions, but also the interactions
around the "Shared Moments" stream - featuring snapshots from friends'
and featured users' live sessions - which greets the Rounds community
each time the app is opened, creating the first social network around
hangouts. Users can follow, share, like and comment on the captured
moments their friends have made together in past hangouts, find new
people to engage and receive feedback on their own shared moments.
Leaders in merging entertainment and communication to bring people
closer together and bridge between the offline and online worlds, the
Rounds platform has over 6 million users - spending an average of 40
minutes hanging out in over 1 million sessions per day. The
cross-platform phenomenon already connects users between its popular
Facebook app, Chrome application and desktop version for Mac & PC. Users
play over thirty different games and activities developed using the
platform's open API. The Rounds community is set to erupt again, once
mobile users join the fun.
"Video chat is an indispensable part of Rounds, but it's just the tip of
the hangout network we're building," said Rounds CEO Dany Fishel. "The
internet has enough ways to communicate essential messages with video.
Rounds is about stretching the lve connection into a true hangout mode
- less about what's being said, and more about being and doing things
together, and recreating the feeling people have when they hang out
in real life. And because real life doesn't just happen behind a
desktop, we've always known Rounds was destined to become mobile. Rounds
Video Chat Hangout is the next step in achieving our vision as the
online hangout scene for real friends."
Initial launch features include:
Shared YouTube (News - Alert) Viewing - Memes to
go Wherever you find the next nugget of golden video goodness - in a
tweet on the street, sipping your Facebook news feed as you stand in
line somewhere - watch it and laugh together with friends.
Shared Photo Uploads - Users can
upload their own images for live viewing together with friends,
supplying an endless emotional component to video chats - and
guaranteeing you'll never run out of things to talk about.
Scribble on Friends' Video Images
- Because who doesn't look better with blacked out teeth and a purple
Video Effects - Funhouse
stretchiness, retro-pixilation and infra-red colors are among several
video effects users can add to video chats for fun.
Five View Modes - During sessions,
friends can rotate views between side-to-side, top-and-bottom,
diagonal split-screen, and "transparent mode," which blurs the video
image splice, making it appear as though you're together in the same
Capture Moments - Easily remember
and share chat highlights inspired by any of the other features with
an in-app snapshot & social sharing feature - recreating the feeling
of playing in a live photobooth. Receive comments and likes from
friends and get featured on the popular list.
'Shared Moments' Stream - Upon
opening the app, users are greeted by a social stream of their
friends' and featured users' "captured moment" snapshots from live
sessions. It's easy to like, comment and catch up on what you missed
while you were away.
Available now for download in both iTunes
App Store and Google
Play. Watch the introductory video at www.bit.ly/roundsvideo.
An optimized iPad version and all-new Rounds destination site connecting
users between mobile, desktop and Facebook, with new features and shared
games, activities and experiences are expected in early 2013.
As the web's first social "hangout network," Rounds combines online
entertainment with video communication to bring friends and like-minded
people closer together for a fun, live experience across social
networks, operating systems and devices. Bridging the offline and online
worlds, Rounds uses shared activities, games and video to give friends
the feeling of hanging out in real life. An interactive stream of
friends' and featured users' "captured moments" from live sessions gives
hangouts an afterlife, creating a new social network around them. Rounds
has raised a total of $5.5 million in funding from industry leading
investors, including Verizon (News - Alert) Ventures, Rhodium, DFJ's Tim Draper, and
other private investors. Download the Rounds application at www.rounds.com/getapp.
For more information, visit www.rounds.com/getapp/prgetapp.
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