Sidecar app reimagines phone calls, available free on Google Play

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Aside from making and receiving voice calls, smartphones allow you to do a number of things that seemed impossible not long ago. You can snap high-quality photos, listen to music, browse the web, record videos, so on and so forth.

However, if you try to do any of the things mentioned above while talking to someone on the phone, you might find yourself in a bit of a situation. Aside from the fact that you’ll lose focus from the actual conversation on the phone figuring out how you can send a photo or a contact, you’ll also be inefficient getting from the call to the phone’s menu.

The new Sidecar app might change all that, as it intends to revolutionize phone calls, as we know them today. The “first smart calling app” allows you to share videos, photos, locations and contacts while talking on the phone easily with a minimum of taps and time lost.

According to Rob Williams, Sidecar’s CEO, the process of sharing a picture through Skype demands twelve clicks from you, while sharing a contact with someone during a call usually requires five or more steps on a regular smartphone. With the new app, however, you can do these things and much more with only two clicks.

If that wasn’t enough, Sidecar will also allow you to make free VoIP calls anywhere in the United States or Canada, no matter if your recipient has downloaded the app. On the other hand, if they don’t have the app installed on their phone, you won’t be able to use the app’s other features and the recipient will receive a text message with instructions on how to download Sidecar.

The Sidecar app works smoothly on 3G, 4G, LTE and Wi-Fi all over the US in Canada, regardless of your carrier. The app is available on Apple’s Appstore and in Google Play and it is completely free of charge, so you owe it to yourself to go give it a quick spin.

In theory, it should work with any smartphone, but the Android version of the app is only reported to run decently on devices with Android 2.3.3 and up. Also, there are currently a large number of bugs and glitches reported by users in Google Play reviews, but that is to be expected from an app that has just been released; it will most likely be corrected in future updates.

You can check out a short video clip below showing you exactly how Sidecar works and why it could change the way we make phone calls. Have you tried the app for size? Is it glitchy, as some users complain, or is it as functional as the developers claim? Do you see yourselves using this app in the long haul? Let us know in the comments section below!

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