Android 2.3 Gingerbread to Get Video Calling via GTalk

Gingerbread Video Calls

Google today has announced that it will be updating Android 2.3 Gingerbread to version 2.3.4. But that’s not it. This update will bring video calling features to Gingerbread phones via GTalk. This feature will allow any Gingerbread running device to make calls to devices running on either a Honeycomb tablet, Gingerbread running smartphone or even the ones using the desktop client of GTalk. A user will be able to make voice or video calls over 3G or 4G and Wi-Fi.

You may tap the button next to your GTalk contact to start making the video call. And the chat messages you send to the caller will display on the video itself so you don’t have to exit the video call to check your message. And if you want to pause the video and go to another application, you will be able to do so without losing the audio. So you can switch to other apps and the audio will still be on.

The surprise however is that they’re currently rolling this update for Google Nexus S handsets during the coming weeks in an OTA update. Other Gingerbread running devices will get the update in future. Google has made a video demonstrating the functioning of this feature. Guess these are the perks you get when you buy a Google branded device.

This post was published by on April 29, 2011

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