Google releasing Android Google Talk video calls for not very many

Summary:Google announced today the impending rollout of Google Talk for Android that supports video calls over 3G, 4G and WiFi. The feature requires Android 2.3+, meaning not many will get to use it.

Google announced today the impending release of Google Talk for Android that supports video calls over 3G, 4G and WiFi. The updated version of GTalk will hit Nexus S devices in the next few weeks and other Android 2.3+ devices after that. Video calls will be possible on the Nexus S after the update, but there aren't many other devices running Android 2.3+ other than Honeycomb tablets, which will get the update "in the future."

Video calls can be made between users of supported Android devices and desktop Google Talk users. Simultaneous video and text chats are possible, with video pausing automatically should the user switch to another window. The audio stream will continue playing when the video is paused, a nice touch.

It's nice to see Google getting Talk updated to support the front-facing cameras that are now common on most Android phones. It is too bad that not many phones are running a version of Android current enough to support the feature. It is a reason for prospective Android tablet buyers to pick one up, and another reason for Android phone owners to lament the lack of OS updates.

Topics: Google, Mobility, Networking


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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