On Monday we told you that Google may bring video chat to Android 2.3.4, and that we expect an announcement at Google I/O. It looks like we got it half right - Google has officially announced Talk with Video Chat integration in Android 2.3.4, but we didn't have to wait until I/O to find out.

The service looks like it will work almost identical to its desktop counterpart: the status icon displays whether or not the person is available for video chat (or capable of it). Tap the icon to start a video chat session, and you're good to go. It's cross platform, too, meaning that you can chat with desktop users and other mobile users alike. It supports 3G, 4G, and WiFi, so you will be able to chat it up from pretty much anywhere.

Talk videochat - buddylist talk_videochat_update

If the person you're chatting with decides to type instead of speak, the text will overlay the video stream, so you can read it without navigating away from the chat session. If you do need to navigate away for some reason, though, it will pause the video feed, but the audio feed will continue, so you won't miss a thing.

What would a Google announcement be without the obligatory video explaining features? You knew it was coming, so here it is:

The service will be rolling out to Nexus S devices as part of the Android 2.3.4 OTA update in the coming weeks, and to all other Android 2.3+ devices thereafter.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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  • AndroidUK

    If you're not in the USA you will still get the message.....

    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.

    • Cameron Summerson

      This is for Google Talk, not Google Voice. Confusing, I know.

  • Mark


    • http://iandouglas.com Ian Douglas

      Trollers gotta troll.

      This has nothing to do with fragmentation, this is simply adding new features to the OS.

      • Mark

        I'm a troll because I'm sick of Google alienating it's most devoted fans because they didn't buy their holy grail Nexus phone? LOL. OK....whatever you say.

        • http://twitter.com/velazcod Daniel Velazco

          This feature will eventually come to other users. It's not fragmentation, and if you think it is, it is not directly Google's fault. It is the carrier's/manufacturer's fault for putting so much shit on the devices they sell to the customer, thus making it harder to update faster like they can on the Nexus phones.

          You should know that if you want the latest software updates all the time, you better have a real Google device.

  • http://iandouglas.com Ian Douglas

    "we didn’t have to wait until I/O to find out"

    But given the "rolling out over the next few weeks" announcement today, we might still have to wait until Google IO to *get* the OTA.

  • Mauaus

    I hope other countries get supported soon...

  • Raptor007

    Not a troller if your an Android user tired of device mfg's running a year or more behind on updates. Google needs to step in and make the mfg's create their devices as stock, then lay their skin crap on just as you would any other custom launcher. Frankly I could care less about stock launchers, and I root like others do to get my phone set up my way including removing the bloatware.

    The carriers can not claim losses when they are getting cash for crapware yet crying the ETF's need to offset their losses of selling a phone at a discount. If you add the ETF to the sell price the total way more than retail.

    • Ruben

      Root. CyanogenMod. Problem solved. You are all worked up at the carriers yet find a way to blame Andy as well. If your waiting for ANY of the carriers to do you a favor, me and you live on different planets. Fragmentation is not Andy's problem, it belongs to the carriers and manufacturers.

      • http://donothaveone.com Ben

        At least someone else understands that the Fragmentation does not come from Google. Google is putting out a great product and a good pace. The carriers and manufacturers can not keep up because of the bloat ware and skinning that occurs. I really liked Sense, and think that the new 3d Sense will be really nice but when my stock Evo is still running 2.2 and new feature come out I'm left out. I went to CM7 and I will not look back. Also this is for manufacturers, HTC, if you lock your bootloader then I WILL NOT BUY YOUR PHONES AT ALL!!

  • sgtguthrie

    Can't wait...that will go well with my thunderbolt!

  • http://www.transformerforums.com wicked

    Can't wait for this...

  • David Ruddock

    Skype? Skype who?

  • http://None Steve

    Actually, even after the Samsung Charge gets the Gingerbread update, it STILL won't have Google video chat. This thing has a front-facing camera and Google/Samsung/Verizon won't even put a version of GoogleTalk that supports video chat on GB v2.3.6? I don't get it!