Video Calling

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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