Android Smartphones to Get Video Chat

Google has announced that Google Talk is being updated to include video chat. The update will begin rolling out to Nexus S owners in the coming weeks and following that, any device that supports Android 2.3 and has the correct hardware, meaning a camera, will also be getting the update.

When activated on your compatible smartphone, you’ll simply be able to load up Google Talk and click the video call icon next to a username. It doesn’t matter if the other person is using Google Talk on a desktop or other smartphone. If they can use video chat, you’ll be able to speak with them.

Google Talk will be delivered over the air and will come with the Android 2.3.4 update that rolls out soon.

An interesting feature of Google Talk video chat is that you’ll be able to carry on sending text to each other as you talk. This means that links to other web pages can be shared. When sending text, the other person sees that text on the bottom corner of the video chat window.

A demonstration of how it works can be found below:

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