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Android 2.3.4 gives Android phones first official video chat

updated 05:20 pm EDT, Thu April 28, 2011

Android 2.3.4 confirmed with video chat

Google on Thursday helped Android catch up in a key area with confirmation of the rumored Android 2.3.4 update. The update gives Android phones official video chat for the first time and uses the same Google Talk solution as on Android 3.0 tablets. Video chats work over cellular as well as Wi-Fi and let users talk both to tablets as well as to Gmail and other Google Talk-ready pages.

Multitasking will pause video but still keeps the audio side going until you return back to the app, Google said.

Nexus S and Nexus S 4G owners will be the first ones to get native video chat and should get it after 2.3.4 is pushed out over the air. Other Android 2.3 devices will get the update as well in the future, although they may need a front-facing camera and weren't given timetables. Nexus One owners are getting the update too but are limited to bug fixes. Google also teased a "surprise" for Nexus owners beyond this in the near future.

The update comes 10 months after Apple added its own official video chat system when the iPhone 4 launched in June 2010. It's unclear how popular Google's system will be since Android 2.3 devices represent less than 2.5 percent of all Android hardware and doesn't require a front camera. Until now, most Android phones with front cameras and video chat have been using 2.2 with unofficial support and third-party apps such as Qik.

by MacNN Staff



  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    With Android being so slow at copying Apple, no wonder its mascot looks like a green snail:

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  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Joined: Apr 2011


    Copying Apple

    Yeah, I'm sure Apple was the inspiration for adding official video chat to Android. Note that it said official. Video chat has already been available on Android for a long time. This is just Google's version of it. If you're going to claim this was copied directly from Apple, I guess Apple copied off any video phone that has been around before them. Right?

    - Sent from my Android device.

  1. Cronocide

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Android is slow

    And stupid. We hate it.

    - Sent from my iOS device

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I knew some terd

    would suggest that Google "copied" video chat from Apple.

    - Sent from my Android Device.

  1. imNat-imadouche

    Joined: Dec 1969



    hahaha you got owned b****!

  1. OkieDoc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @ Clarence

    Um, no. The article clearly states that 'droids have been using video chat for a while, but that this was the first "official" (Google) version.

  1. facebook_Hafiz

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    Joined: Apr 2011


    comment title

    1. Apple is not the first to have video chat
    2. Video chat is already available on android with fring, yahoo messenger, etc.

    this piece of news refers to google talk video chat.

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