Google releasing Android Google Talk video calls for not very many

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.

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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, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: Google releasing Android Google Talk video calls for not very many

    Honeycomb tablets already have this capability.

    2.3 phones that will get it is exciting... that means companies will push to get their 2.3 updates out to get more purchases.
    Droid101
    • RE: Google releasing Android Google Talk video calls for not very many

      @Droid101 I hope you are right, but you are forgetting inefficiency of large sloth corp (aka carriers). They could have already pushed 2.3 since it really cost them nothing as there are already releases for many devices that they would have just needed to review to make sure were 100% clean and working, and then ship it via auto update.

      Skype wasn't allowed to release even a client unless was working only on Wifi connection.
      I guess the carriers woke up to the fact that can't nickel and dime subscribers anymore charging an arm and a leg for data services over 3G/4G? That sounds too good to ne true. Nowadays it's all "data" it's not like we are still using any analog wireless voice system. The only main difference is that voice uses very little bandwidth compared to data channels, although with 3G/4G there are no longer the old limitations that wireless data connections had in the past when established via GPRS. Tech capabilities aside, if carriers can get more giving less, they probably thought, why not keep riding the gravy train? It would be stupid not to do so. After all if you had a possibility to make 10x the income and work/invest 100x less that what it would be required with no catch at all... who wouldn't do it? That's what carriers have been and will continue to do.
      Google must have had an ace up their sleeve that we don't know about to convince carriers to have the service work on data connections. Call me evil, but maybe this will allow to finally trigger those data overages that web surfing and sporadic web video watching could not? So everyone will be looking for unlimited data plans!;P
      freakqnc
      • RE: Google releasing Android Google Talk video calls for not very many

        @freakqnc I don't think that voice is leaving the realm of the carrier towers just yet. I only get wifi when I'm at home (unless I want to pay for it). Almost all of my calls would NOT be over wifi and I suspect this is the same with a lot of people.
        hforman@...
  • RE: Google releasing Android Google Talk video calls for not very many

    This is a potential game changer in mobile video chat/calls if properly done. Nearly everyone has a GMail account (like it or not) and Google Talk is just sitting there whenever you are logged into GMail. This will make it much more practical for common use than the current mobile video solutions (e.g., Facetime, Qik, etc.) which require others to have the same program running or the same type of mobile device. More than just mobile to mobile, I see video calls with Google Talk having great potential for mobile to desktop and vice versa. I just wish Google had launched this app last Summer when the Evo hit the market with the first front facing camera on an Android device! -OJM
    OJMc
    • RE: Google releasing Android Google Talk video calls for not very many

      @OJMc or you will be video chatting in front of a mirror.
      pbroste@...
  • RE: Google releasing Android Google Talk video calls for not very many

    One other comment James. For those of us with rooted devices running custom ROMs (like your and my Evos), the developers should be adding this functionality quickly. I would venture a guess that the folks at CyanogenMod (my preferred custom ROM) are already salivating over this! -OJM
    OJMc
  • RE: Google releasing Android Google Talk video calls for not very many

    Can a brotha get an update??? I'm not going to be happy if my HTC evo with forward cam can't do this. If my phone has Android 2.2 will there be an update?
    justanotherPharaoh
    • RE: Google releasing Android Google Talk video calls for not very many

      @justanotherPharaoh if they don't update (and I doubt they will), maybe CyanogenMod will support it :)
      aikeru@...
  • RE: Google releasing Android Google Talk video calls for not very many

    As the article says, not for very many!
    By the time Sprint/HTC decides who's to blame for the last OTA update debacle and 2.3 is available for the EVO. Apples 6th iPhone will surpass again.
    I have been an avid Sprint user since the beginning but, with all the delays and OTA bugs for the EVO (Instinct flop etc.), oh and not to mention, not being able to talk and surf, I am considering a carrier change.
    jet1959mo@...
  • RE: Google releasing Android Google Talk video calls for not very many

    Not too fare to say that only a few will enjoy it. Eventually many will get 2.3.4. As most of us were on 2.1 and didn't have 2.2 features not too long ago.
    I think that its a great message from Google letting us know that they keep their eye on the ball and not let Skype/Qik, Fring, Tango or anyone else take the market from them. Connecting desktop and mobile is essential. They need to make GV international too.
    Tal Beno