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  • Google to Challenge Facetime with New Google Talk Video Chat


    Google is about to challenge Apple in an entirely new way. And although some see Google "ripping off" Apple's popular iDevice Facetime video chat service, the last time I checked Apple didn't own the very concept of video chatting. So, as a result, we may see an entirely new challenge from Android devices to kill the runaway momentum of the iPhone 4 and perhaps the next-generation model.

    On Friday, the Internet search giant introduced a new feature called "Google Talk," a service destined for Android devices. "In your Google Talk friends list," Google says, "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, Google notes. Speaking to the now cemented functionality of multitasking, Google is making it possible so that 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. Through it all, the audio feed will not be interrupted.

    All told, users with an Android phone can engage in video chats with friends and family members on a compatible Android tablet or phone, or using Gmail with Google Talk on their PC. Incredibly, Google says users can make calls over a 3G or 4G data network or, as expected, over Wi-Fi.

    To get things started, Google is giving Nexus S owners the service first. The video chat platform will arrive in the coming weeks via the Android 2.3.4 update. Additional Android 2.3+ devices will get the feature in the coming months, Google concluded. For more info, check out the official Google video above.

    Source: Google
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google to Challenge Facetime with New Google Talk Video Chat started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Donnutt View Post
      I never said apple invented it. However they were the only phone with a front facing camera when it first came out, and they wrote a hell of a good program for it. I like the fact that you don't have to have a program running to receive a call.
      uhhh wrong again, my Nokia back in 2003 had front facing camera as well as rear camera. I picked this phone out of a dozen with front facing camera phones at the shop, thought I would want to use it but end up not using it at all just like my iPhone4's facetime. All you have to do is click a button to choose calling or receiving video calling.

      Edit: I found the phone it was Nokia 6680 according to the webpage start selling in U.S. in 2005. But I got mine from shop that imports latest and greatest so got it earlier than U.S., because U.S. carrier selections sucked back then. Still for this arguement sake just this particular phone started selling in 2005, that is wayyyy before iPhone was introduced.
    1. shadow-evillink's Avatar
      shadow-evillink -
      To be honest, u haven't even used FaceTime on my phone mainly cause nobody I know had a ip4. I use skype. That works great. But FaceTime isn't a big whoop! Not in my book anyway.
    1. epignosis567's Avatar
      epignosis567 -
      "FaceTime" is ******* lame. Google chat with optional video over my phone is useful. They should offer it via the talk site tho so iPhones can use it.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Apple did not invent video calling.
      I had that back in 2002(or 3) on my Nokia 3G (forgot what it was called), don't hear you say Apple copy Nokia and many other phones around the world. Hell even the iPhone 3G or was it 3GS hardware supports video calling but Apple did not use it, proof that video calling is around before Apple iPhone.



      It may not challenge facetime but it is challenging iPhone/iPad sales. Google did this to make it more attractive, to get people to say hay this is good feature I will by Android phone instead. So the ball is in Apple's court, its good to have these innovations going to keep companies on their toes.



      I'm imagining calling girlfriend and videochat "Where do you want to go for dinner" while texting "what color underwear are you wearing?"
      Despite all of that, nobody can dispute that Apple certainly has refined a lot of these features and packaged them into a MUCH nicer UI than any of the other manufacturers so far.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      It may, or may not be a direct challenge for FaceTime.... But competition is what equals benefits for us end users in the long run.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Ratcheting up the competition, I like it. If Apple has no one making products or services that are better then they have no reason to innovate.

      Furthermore, if I end up not getting the iPhone 5, going straight to the Nexus would probably be a smart move.

      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      Despite all of that, nobody can dispute that Apple certainly has refined a lot of these features and packaged them into a MUCH nicer UI than any of the other manufacturers so far.
      It's not that nice. In fact, it's so ugly I've decided to change it completely.
    1. FireSpyder's Avatar
      FireSpyder -
      Check out Tango in the App store. It has full Video chat on 3G or Wifi. That's right, on 3G. Even works with the 3GS. It is also available on many Android phones so you can already do video chat cross platform. It's been available for almost as long as the iPhone 4. Best option for mobile devices. If you want go to a PC use Skype.
    1. FireSpyder's Avatar
      FireSpyder -
      Did I mention it's free?
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      What happened to Apple making FaceTime an open standard???
    1. 2006yamahaR6's Avatar
      2006yamahaR6 -
      Quote Originally Posted by gldoorii View Post
      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

      Because I've always wished I could FaceTime with someone WHILE texting them at the same time.
      It could make sexting a much more realistic experience
    1. Bulishor's Avatar
      Bulishor -
      Love the texting feature, Apple should implement that asap. I lost count of how many times I had to put FT in the background to take down a number, url or address.

      And while they're at it, they should enable FT to work on 3G... I use FT almost exclusively on 3G because that's when I need to show the other party something through video. Also, it makes it a true way of being reachable.

      One killer feature that FT has on iDevices that Skype and Google Talk will never have is that you're always guaranteed to be connected. I can never count on my Skype staying in the background, I always find it disconnected after a maximum of one day so ppl that try to reach me can't.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      Despite all of that, nobody can dispute that Apple certainly has refined a lot of these features and packaged them into a MUCH nicer UI than any of the other manufacturers so far.
      I wouldn't know, have not used it. Not even once.
    1. obtrunco's Avatar
      obtrunco -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I don't know that this is a direct challenge to facetime. That said, it is nice to be able to video chat from phone to pc. AFAIK, facetime doesn't allow this (OSX only). Now if only skype could get their act together with Android video chat...

      EDIT: BTW "Google Talk" is not a new feature... it's been on stock Android for ages. The video/voice chat is what is new.
      Yeah but the Skype app does this, from phone to pc.


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    1. Mrwhewchyle's Avatar
      Mrwhewchyle -
      Thats true they had phones with video chat yearssss ago I remember they had phones that looked like the RAZOR with front cams on them that did video chat selling on the net, but only problem is you could only video chat with someone with that same phone which was next to (ZERO).... I give apple credit though because i can facetime from my MAC to a iphone , and the dual camera is a HOT iphone feature for facetime , plus on top of that you can even take screenshots or whatever... Even though they didnt make it, they sure made PRETTIER lol .....