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.
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.
Google Merging Video Call Tool Into Phone Dialer
Google today said it is taking steps to ease the process of making video calls between Android handsets. Starting with Nexus, Pixel, and Android One devices, users will be able to initiate video calls directly from the phone dialer or text messaging app.
Hangouts for Android Adds Video Messages, Improves Invites
Google updated its Hangouts app for Android devices this week with a handful of new features. First and foremost, the app now allows Android owners to record and share video messages — a feature that's been in the iOS version of Hangouts for two years.
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