Google Talk for Android smartphones gets voice and video chat, allowing users of the Samsung Nexus S series to enjoy face-to-face chats from their phones. The upgrade will come over the air with the Android 2.3.4 bump.
28 finally rolled out its own video chat application for Android smartphones,
fitting Google Talk with the same voice and video chat capabilities it
leverages for the desktop version
Now when users
access their Google Talk friends list, a video or voice chat button will appear
next to their contacts. Talk users will touch the button to connect with them.
Text chats will be overlaid on the phone's screen for the users to read without
exiting the video.
In one nifty
feature, Google Talk video pauses automatically when a user switches to another
application. That way, the users can switch to another application on the fly,
though the audio will keep going even though the video action has paused.
Users may make
calls over a 3G or 4G data network or over WiFi. However, there is a caveat: Except
for Samsung Nexus S (and presumably Sprint's forthcoming Nexus S 4G handset),
there's no telling when users will receive the Talk bump.
Talk with video and voice chat will gradually roll out to Nexus S devices in
the next few weeks as part of the Android 2.3.4 over-the-air update and will
launch on other Android 2.3+ devices in the future," Google explained in a
, which also offers a screenshot and
That is, Talk
with video chat is coming to smartphones employing the so-called "pure
Google experience," which means they are the first to get OS and application
updates without waiting for carriers or manufacturers to vet them. Google rolls
them out over the air, and owners of those phones receive them.
this would be the case for its Nexus S
4G when it launches May 8.
Google Talk with video and voice chat will be available on a limited basis-there
just aren't many Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" phones in the U.S. market yet-it's
high time for Google to make video chat native for Google Talk.
application users have grown tired of having to download Qik, Skype or some
other video chat application to their smartphones just to enjoy their handsets'
dual cameras. At a time when Apple has its own signature Facetime video chat
application, it's time for Google to do the same.