Zoom is a video conferencing app that allows a company to conduct audio and video calls up to 1000 participants at a time. Zoom is used across the board from educational purposes to corporate purposes and even personal purposes to connect friends and families. Zoom has proved to be a very popular online app but there are many other video conferencing apps on the market in demand. Entrepreneurs alike want to find ways to make their app successful on the market and building a video conferencing app when our world is in more demand for it, is the perfect solution to reaching the success you desire. Our team at SDI wants to help you find the best way to create your own successful video conferencing app such as Zoom. Let’s layout the foundation for building your video conferencing app. There are several different features needed to create a video conferencing app. Registration and Profile Creation To begin the process of joining a video conference call, the user must be able to register themselves as a user and create their own profile. This feature should be integrated either through a third-party app such as Google, or have users fill up a contact form with the desired information such as their name, email ID, and a phone number. The next step would be to create their user profile which should include information such as their name, occupation, profile pic (optional), and email ID. Contact List A video conference app is nothing without its contact list. The contact list should include a search engine, where users are able to locate other people due to their usernames. Another feature in the Contact List should be a directory with all possible contacts for the purpose of the call. For example, if a user is using the video conference app for educational purposes, the Contact List should have a directory of the faculty as well as the students. Audio and Video Calls One of the main features required to create a successful video conferencing app. The app should be able to facilitate voice calls and video calls so users can keep in touch with their desired party. The video calls should also abide by HD quality standards and the audio must be clear and loud. Although the quality of the call is dependent on the bandwidth, ensuring the video is of the best and highest quality will ensure to keep your users from complaining. Messaging Feature In cases were turning on your camera or speaking for audio purposes is not feasible, the messaging feature will allow your users to keep in touch with each other. This feature would also make it easier for users to communicate during on-going video/audio calls. Screen Share An extremely important key feature that will allow your users to share the contents of their screen with others during video calls. This feature will help educators share their screens when classes are hosted online- especially during a pandemic- to showcase tutorials and presentations. This feature can also be used for personal reasons as well such as watching movies, and more. Group Calling For calls that require more than one-on-one interaction, this feature will come in handy. It will depend on the number of users needed on a call. For example, if your company wants to make a corporate call, create a prototype that tests the agility and clarity for 50 people to sit on one video/audio call. Keep in mind that the scalability of the application is directly proportional to the cost of developing your user will need. Virtual Hand-Raising and Virtual Background The virtual hand-raising feature will make it easier for your users to participate in larger gatherings that will take place over your video conferencing app. This can be achieved by creating a virtual hand-raise emoji that can convey the message to the host that a user wants to speak. The virtual background feature will help your users put a background of their choice into their video. This feature will not only spruce up a video conference call but make it easier for those who are unable to find a satisfactory place in their surroundings to showcase during their video call. Privacy Your user’s privacy should be of utmost importance to you and your business. Ensure your video conferencing app has end-to-end encryption to protect the privacy of your user’s conversations, recordings, and any data they release during their video and audio calls. No third party should be allowed to access your user’s data. Noise Cancellation and Recording Meetings Sometimes, background noise is inevitable. The feature of noise cancellation will help users in staying focused during their video and audio calls. The feature can easily separate the user’s voice from the background and suppress any other noises by layering them with white noise. Allow your users to record their meetings onto their devices via the app. This will help keep track of their work. Recording meetings, storing it into a file, and updating said file onto their devices would also allow for easy distribution of those files if a user were to share the recorded meeting with others. Create Polls This feature will help your users in gathering responses on a specific topic. Now that we have taken a look at the various types of features your video conferencing app should include, make sure to read part two where we describe the process of building your successful video conferencing app.