Video Calling

Qik Video Connect adds cross-platform Android & iPhone video calls [Video]

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 video calling for phones with Android 2.3.4 at Google I/O?

Although 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]

Fring for Android updated: Nexus S and Gingerbread support; Smoother audio

Fring has updated its Android app, with the free video and audio call software now supporting Android 2.3 Gingerbread and getting "enhanced" Nexus S support. There are also improved notifications and a boosted activity log which pulls in all calls, friend alerts, chats, video calls, history and system messages into a single place. Perhaps most importantly, audio performance has been boosted with better buffering. You can download the Fring v2.4.3.2 app here. [youtube 075s8L7CL64]

Android Skype HD video calling developed by NVIDIA for Tegra 2 devices

High definition Skype video calls could soon be a possibility on Android devices, with the news that 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]

Logitech shows off Video Calling on the Revue

Just as Logitech Revues were hitting doorsteps we get treated to video demos of some of the non-tv features of the device. In the latest video we see demo of a web cam chat from the Logitech Revue. "In case you’re wondering what video calling on your TV will really be like, we thought we’d give you a little preview. By now you’ve already heard all about the products that we announced earlier this month, including Logitech Revue with Google TV and the Logitech TV Cam accessory, so this time we want to tell you, or rather show you, more about the experience of keeping in touch with loved ones." The video brings an interesting personal take on video calling - similar how Apple advertised it's FaceTime chat service. Video chat is definitely the future of communication and video chatting directly from your TV is a big part of that. [Via Logitech]

Video Calling to be A focus on Gingerbread equipped phones

Ever since the announcement of the iPhone 4 and it’s video calling service FaceTime the world has fallen in love with the idea of seeing the person on the other end of the line face-to-face. Others have tried to duplicate this feature but no matter what happens it requires you both to be running the same app, which could be troublesome for many. However, if recent reports are correct, Android 2.x/3.x (Gingerbread) will focus on video calling as well as an improved user interface.

Logitech VID HD Brings High Definition Video Calling to Google TV

While we've talked about the TV Cam in a couple of the previous posts, there hasn't been much mention regarding what, exactly, it's meant to do. Sure, having video chat, calling, conferencing on your TV is great, but what are the differences and what makes it special enough to be included in the Google TV package?
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