Google: Native Video Chat Coming to Android
Google is rolling out video and voice chat support in Google Talk starting with the Android 2.3.4 update for Nexus S phones.
Thursday Google tech lead Wei Huang and product manager Colin Gibbs said that video and voice chat will be a native part of Android as of v2.3.4. The new feature will first appear in an over-the-air update rolled out to Nexus S devices during the next few weeks, and then will be added to other Android 2.3+ devices in the future. Sorry Froyo, you're just not so cool anymore.
"You can now video or voice chat with your friends, family and colleagues right from your Android phone, whether they’re on their compatible Android tablet or phone, or using Gmail with Google Talk on their computer," they said in an official blog. "You can make calls over a 3G or 4G data network (if your carrier supports it) or over Wi-Fi."
According to the blog, a video or voice chat button will appear next to contact names in the Google Talk friends list, allowing the user to simply touch a virtual button and quickly connect with their friends and family.
"Any text chats from the person you’re talking with will be overlaid on your phone’s screen so you can read them without having to leave the video," they said. "And, if you need to check something else, the video pauses automatically so you can go back to your phone’s home screen or another app. The audio will keep going even though the video has paused."
To see the new video chat service in action, Colin Gibbs offers a quick 50-second video demonstration, as seen below.