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Google announces video chat for phones, comes with Android 2.3.4

News by Dan Seifert on Thursday April 28, 2011.

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Google has announced that it has added a long-awaited feature to its Google Talk app for phones: native video calling. The calling feature will come built-in with the update to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread.

Google Talk calling will support both video and voice calls directly to another Android phone, or to a computer through Gmail. Calls work over 3G, 4G, or Wi-Fi connections. Google does mention "if your carrier supports it" next to the 3G and 4G stats, so there is a possibility that carriers could block the service from being used on cellular connections.

While in a Google Talk call, any text chats you have will be over laid on top of the video image, so they can be read without having to leave the call. The video will also pause automatically if a user needs to go to the home screen to look at something else on their phone. Audio will continue while the video is paused.

The 2.3.4 update for Android will be pushed to Nexus S users over the next few weeks and will be installable over-the-air. The calling feature will launch on other Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices in the future.

Take a look at the video below detailing how the Google Talk voice and video chat works.

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