Video Chat Coming to Nexus S via Android 2.3.4 Update

The big Nexus surprise that was teased earlier today has just been unveiled.  And it’s… drum roll…. video chat for the Nexus S.  And another Android update.  That’s right, two surprises in one.  Android 2.3.4 is not just a rumor any longer as it’s going to hit the Nexus S over the next few weeks.  No longer confined to 3.0 tablet and desktop users, this is likely a standard Android feature going forward.  Perhaps this will be included in some Google IO announcement a few weeks from now?

In your Google Talk friends list, a video or voice chat button will appear next to your contacts and you can simply touch the button to connect with them. Any text chats from the person you’re talking with will be overlaid on your phone’s screen so you can read them without having to leave the video. And, if you need to check something else, the video pauses automatically so you can go back to your phone’s home screen or another app. The audio will keep going even though the video has paused.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zJAiH5-64sI[/youtube]

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Apparently there is still a surprise to be had. Any guesses?

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7 Comments

  1. muziqaz
    April 28, 21:21 Reply

    I haven’t even received 2.3.3 update yet :D

    • Luke
      April 28, 21:31 Reply

      Me neither. It looks like there may have been some bugs in it, maybe they stopped the rollout to fix them. Here’s hoping 2.3.4 comes quickly!

  2. Aspaans
    April 28, 22:11 Reply

    I don’t think 2.3.4 update will have new OS features. It may have some additional apps (like Video Chat), but I think it is a pure bug-fix update only.

    The version 2.3.3 is api-level 10. The version 3.0 is api-level 11. Api-levels are tied to the capabilities of the Android OS to which apps can be written and the value is always a whole number. This makes me think that 2.3.4 is still api-level 10.

  3. Lindsay Reid
    April 28, 22:24 Reply

    USA only….. for those of us not in the USA – we get the following…….

    Google Voice is not available in your country.
    Thanks for visiting Google Voice. We’re not yet open for users outside the US, but are planning to expand our service to additional countries in the future.

  4. outsourcing company
    April 29, 09:00 Reply

    I’m loving innovations now a days. This simply makes communication at work easier. Too bad its for USA only, huh.

  5. Kbharath1437
    April 29, 17:01 Reply

    thanks for sharing this great news but is there any news that when this update comes for the other android devices.

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