We told you earlier that Google is rolling out Android 2.3.4 for Nexus S and Nexus One over the air. It was also mentioned that there will be a surprise on the new build of Gingerbread, but we weren’t sure what it was. We are still not sure if this is what Google was talking about, but this is a very big news for all Android fans.
Google’s new Android 2.3.4 update will be adding the much rumored video calling feature to Google Talk for Android. This update is currently only available for the Google Nexus S, so don’t bother checking it out on other Android phones. Google Nexus S, which has started receiving the OTA update for Android 2.3.4, is the first phone to get both voice and video calling on Google Talk.
According to the Google Mobile Blog;
You can now video or voice chat with your friends, family and colleagues right from your Android phone, whether they’re on their compatible Android tablet or phone, or using Gmail with Google Talk on their computer. You can make calls over a 3G or 4G data network (if your carrier supports it) or over Wi-Fi.
Yes, you can now use the voice and video calling feature on your Android phones(Google Nexus S) via Google Talk to call your family/girlfriends/friends or your master once you gift them a Google Nexus S. It’s pretty simple to use too, as now you’ll get a new Voice or Video Call button next to your contact on the Google Talk application.
Although this is currently only available on the Google Nexus S and Android 2.3.4, Google promises that it’ll soon be available on all Android 2.3.3 devices as well. When using Google Talk for Video calling, you can also pause and view other items over the video call while still listening to the audio. Watch the demo video of Google Talk Video Call in action after the break.
What do you think of this new feature of Google Talk? It certainly is more useful than Apple’s FaceTime, don’t you think?