app update. This update deals with the Vonage Mobile app and while there are a few notable changes, it looks like the big addition this time around is video calling. The video calls, similar to the regular voice calls are free for those calling another Vonage Mobile user.
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Skype for video calls in this day and age, we have some good news for tablet users. The Android app for one reason or another has just failed to impress, and has been riddled with little issues or lack of proper support. Today Skype was just updated in the Play Store adding new languages, and better tablet support.
Move over OUYA, because today we've got another Android-based Kickstarter to talk about. Its name is Botiful, and its looking to infuse a little personality into those Skype video calls you make with your Android phone. Botiful is being touted as the "first consumer telepresence robot," and by docking an Android phone on the robot (and using the special Skype interface), it allows users on the other end to choose what they're looking at. For example, if you're talking to someone who is using a Botiful, you're given control over their robot, so you can remotely control what the robot does and who the focus is on.
Skype for Android gained the ability to make video calls. The catch was that only a few smartphones were supported in the initial launch. The supported smartphones include the Samsung Google Nexus S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro, and HTC Desire S. Skype has announced that the official Android app has now been updated.
Qik has launched the latest version of its video calling app, Qik Video Connect, promising cross-platform calls between Android and iOS devices. The new app - a free download - now allows you to see your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad 2 owning friends as you mock them for not having the latest Android. There's also video mail, the ability to share videos with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social networking sites, and support for the front and rear facing cameras on most devices. Qik has also boosted video quality and reduced battery life impact, and some phones - Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Galaxy Player, Samsung Galaxy S, and Telus Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G - will offer VGA quality streaming when done over WiFi. You'll need an Android 2.1 or above device in order to use the app - or of course an iOS device. Video mail is only free until June 1 2011, however, and will be a subscription service after that. [youtube ERvpp0fMyYs]
Gtalk has been a mainstay on Android for some time now, it's only with 3.0 Honeycomb that the app got video calling support. Now, it looks like Google may be updating the smartphone version of Gtalk to support two-way video calls, taking to the Google I/O stage to unveil it. One Android user - who has supposedly worked with Samsung - claims to have tested a Nexus S handset running Android 2.3.4 and used Gtalk video calling on the device. The current version of Android Gingerbread shipping is v2.3.3. Considering the number of Honeycomb tablets - which come with video-capable Gtalk preinstalled - is growing, it would certainly make sense for Google to introduce the app for handsets too. Google I/O 2011 kicks off May 10 in San Francisco; we'll be there to bring back all the juicy details. [via The Droid Guy]
NVIDIA has developed a Skype HD reference platform. However, you'll need a Tegra 2 based "superphone" or tablet in order to use it, since it relies on the dual-core chipset's HD processing abilities. Unveiled at NVIDIA's CES 2011 press conference today, and demonstrated on an Android-based tablet, the app will allow for cross-platform two-way HD video conversations between Tegra 2 based mobile devices and Skype's PC/Mac apps. It uses the SkypeKit SDK released in 2010. No word on when we can expect to see the app available, though we're presuming NVIDIA will be offering the tech to those buying chips. [via SlashGear]