Google Talk Enables Video Chat On Android Smartphones

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News Posted: Fri, Apr 29 2011 2:47 PM

Google recently launched Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android phones. With the service, users will be able to video or voice chat with their friends and family directly from an Android phone. Calls can be placed over 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections. According to Google, the new features will first roll out to the Nexus S phones over the next few weeks as part of the Android 2.3.4 over-the-air update. Google Talk with video and voice chat will launch on other Android 2.3 and higher devices in the future.

Video Chat on Your Android Phone

Thursday, April 28, 2011 | 1:49 PM

Sometimes, the expressions on a person's face can mean much more than what they say. To help you stay in touch with your friends and family, we’re launching Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android phones.

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. You can make calls over a 3G or 4G data network (if your carrier supports it) or over Wi-Fi.

In your Google Talk friends list, a video or voice chat button will appear next to your contacts and you can simply touch the button to connect with them. 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. 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. Check out how this works:

Google 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. To learn more about using video and voice chat, check out our Help Center.

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Nice I will be looking forward to this on my Evo when it becomes available

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CDeeter replied on Sun, May 1 2011 8:27 AM

Cool. I love using Skype on my laptop for video chat.

Video does add so much to the experience, especially since I moved away from my family and friends.

It seems as though we are moving into the next golden era for communication with video - something that was only available for the Jetsons is now an everyday reality for any one with a smart phone, laptop, or web cam.

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SJoseph replied on Sun, May 1 2011 5:14 PM

nice update from google android

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Hopefully the Xperia Play gets it soon.

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the update wont be until after the evo 3d comes out for sprint at least thats what i read (mid summer)

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HHGrrl replied on Mon, May 2 2011 11:02 PM

I hope this hits many phones soon. I'd love to see it come to the EVO very soon!

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Cant wait for this for my EVO.. Im not sure I'll be getting the EVO 3d or if I want the  new Nexus as my next phone... Going to go down to the sprint store and talk with some people there about both and see what really will benefit me the most.  Hopefully this launches to the EVO 4g soon though, would love to be able to use it.

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