Google Talk Video and Voice chat announced for Nexus S

Google announced today that Video Chat is heading to their Nexus S handset. The option for Video Chat will land over the next few weeks as part of an Android 2.3.4 over-the-air update and is set to launch on other 2.3.x devices over the coming months. According to the Google Nexus twitter account, another additional surprise is set to be announced soon.

Google Talk with Video and Voice chat for Android phones will let you text voice and video chat with friends directly from the phone or tablet that you are using, or even via Gmail if you have Google talk setup on your computer. It works with both 3G and 4G alongside the usual Wi-Fi option.

Using Video or voice chat with Google Talk on your Android device is very simple, your contacts will have either a voice or video icon next to them and you then simply touch the button and away you go.  It also includes the option to pause video and then check your home screen or other applications, while continuing to allow voice chat to work in the background.

The video quality seems very good judging from the YouTube video (viewable below) that Google has put out and it won’t be very long before we get to find out what it is like for ourselves as Android 2.3.4 will be in the hands of Nexus S users very soon.

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According to the Google Nexus twitter account, Android 2.3.4 will also contain an additional surprise.

It says that a surprise is still to come, but hints that it's something unrelated to the 2.3.4 update. It might have to do with flash being updated to fix bugs in 'An upcoming release of Android 3'.

Hollow.Droid said,

It says that a surprise is still to come, but hints that it's something unrelated to the 2.3.4 update. It might have to do with flash being updated to fix bugs in 'An upcoming release of Android 3'.

You are correct! misread that bit

Hollow.Droid said,

No probs, I'm just hoping for another Nexus treat

Me too - keep hoping 2.3.4 download will come out today so won't have to wait for the OTA

Hollow.Droid said,

It says that a surprise is still to come, but hints that it's something unrelated to the 2.3.4 update. It might have to do with flash being updated to fix bugs in 'An upcoming release of Android 3'.

Music Streaming? Crossing Fingers.

As soon as someone writes an iOS app which supports this and runs over 3G it could cause some serious competition for FaceTime on iOS devices (I know there's other apps that can do iOS > Android but every Android device will have this Google implementation by default very soon which is why its likely to take off)

DomZ said,
As soon as someone writes an iOS app which supports this and runs over 3G it could cause some serious competition for FaceTime on iOS devices (I know there's other apps that can do iOS > Android but every Android device will have this Google implementation by default very soon which is why its likely to take off)

Qik supports iOS to android video chat since earlier this week or last week. Count Facetime dead.

Nexus- said,

Qik supports iOS to android video chat since earlier this week or last week. Count Facetime dead.

If you read my comment I noted that. So does Fring (which supports group video). My point was googles version is going to be on new a droid devices by default which has a massive difference