Google Announces Native Video Chat for Android
Google today announced that it is adding native support for video chatting to its Google Talk Android application. It will allow Android smartphone users to conduct video chats with other Android smartphone users, as well as Android tablets and the desktop version of Gmail. Google says video chat will work over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi. Google Talk with video and voice chat will be distributed to the Nexus S in phases as part of the Android 2.3.4 over-the-air update. It will launch on other Android 2.3+ devices at some point later this year.
Google Brings Chatting to Its Video Conferencing Tool
Google today said Meet, its video conferencing service, will soon have the ability for participants to send and receive text and web links via chat. Google relaunched its video calling and chatting services earlier this year with an emphasis on business users.
Snapchat Adds Group Chats for Up to 16 People
Snapchat updated its mobile app today with a new feature. Users can now video chat with up to 16 of their friends at one time.
Facebook Brings Instant Video to Messenger
Facebook today added the ability to stream video live within its Messenger application. The feature is different from a two-way video chat, which has been part of Messenger since 2015.
Google to Strip SMS from Hangouts May 22
Google today outlined a number of changes to its various messaging services, including a dramatic shift for Hangouts. Starting May 22, Google Hangouts will no longer support SMS for text messaging between phones.
Facebook Adds Video Chat to Messenger Lite
Facebook today made its slimmed-down messaging app a bit more powerful with the addition of video chatting. Facebook calls video chats "an expected and essential part of everyday communication" and the company is pleased to offer the functionality to users of the Messenger Lite app.
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