Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread update brings Video Chat to Google Talk

April 29, 2011
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The latest Gingerbread update, Android 2.3.4, as a treat for fans of Google Voice. Users can now use the Voice Chat app to make video calls. And not only to Android devices but also to Google Talk users on PC and Mac. And unlike Facetime, the app can use 3G and 4G networks rather than just Wi-Fi.

To make a call, users just go to the Google Talk app and press the video chat icon next to a contact's name. In addition to making video calls, users can also send text messages that are incorporated into the video screen. Users can also continue the call, audio only, while using another application. The feature is currently running on Nexus S phones, with more Android Handset coming in the near future.

Wow. It's yet another category that the bot is passing Apple by with. When first introduced the FaceTime feature on the iPhone 4, it was a fresh new feature, but it could only work on WiFi. Now, with applications like Google Talk, Skype, and Qik offering video chat not only over WiFi, but via 3G and 4G networks with Android, video chat is becoming a competitive feature set. The real question though is, with data caps in place by all wireless providers, how often will it be used?

[via PocketLint]


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  • http://twitter.com/ChrisFerguson_ Chris Ferguson

    Just want to point out this is Google TALK not Google VOICE! but it’s still awesome news!

    • http://twitter.com/BruceCLin Bruce Lin

      This. I was all excited that I was “oh shat, video work on voice now too… wait a sec.”

      • Shilpa Dube21

        I cant use this app…is this only available in US?

  • http://profiles.google.com/pierre.etienne.messier Pierre-Étienne Messier

    Is it possible to call landlines using this feature? Like in google talk in GMail?

  • http://profiles.google.com/pierre.etienne.messier Pierre-Étienne Messier

    Is it possible to call landlines using this feature? Like in google talk in GMail?

  • Scotty Dog

    You make it sound like something new 3g video calls are ancient 3 has been doing it for ages. of course you have the apple effect

  • Alner10

    why wont they update the HTC Wirldfire very diapointed that we dont get an update..

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  • lou-

    it only works on wifi for tmo in the US……lame.

    • Rhk73

      For t-mobile it works on 3g and 4g also. As long as your has front camera… actually it is not lame .. I am very happy with t-mobile ….

      • Lars

        No, it doesn’t (Nexus S/T-Mobile, front facing camera, works perfectly fine with Wifi, but display message about missing Wifi connection when on 3G)

  • Anonymous

    I hope they roll this out to every gingerbread handset soon, and iOS 4

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  • http://twitter.com/DavidZeunerFL David Zeuner

    It’s September and my Droid X2 still hasn’t update from 2.3.3!  

    Which version is going to be installed on the Bionic?

  • Mauricio Ulloa

    I just got the 2.3.4 on my galaxy s2 and theres no google video talk… bullshit

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bk-StayNice/100002679696151 Bk StayNice

    yea you get pressure from google to update. I loved my epic galaxy s until i foolishly updated to 2.2 now I have no battery life and I have apps I can’t get rid of, and the best yet, I can’t get rid of it. I update just after I bought the phone so I only had a few weeks to enjoy a drama free phone life.   Although I do like the phone, it ran at its best on 2.1. I hate that the “updates” are mandatory, that they change aspects of your phone you may not want changed, and you cannot get back.  Updates should be packaged as individual optional features.

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    a new android chat under http://www.supondo.com