Android may soon get its own native video chat that integrates with Google Talk and Gmail according to a Twitter message. The feature may be announced come early May at Google’s I/O conference.
The Twitter message was posted by a user who allegedly works with Samsung.
Fortunately, though, the video chat feature will be part of Android Gingerbread, which means that you don’t need Android 3.0 Honeycomb to enjoy video chat. Video chat will be part of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, so hopefully Android smartphones with Gingerbread will be blessed with the update to receive native video chat in the future after the announcement will be made if the rumor proves correct.
Currently, Android users do not have a seamless way to video chat and must rely on third-party chat services like Fring, Tango, or Skype. Unfortunately, while Skype is available, the video chat service still hasn’t launched yet and the company has not yet indicated if it will roll out its video chat service to non-Verizon devices in the near future due to a deal with Verizon Wireless in the U.S.
On iOS, Apple’s own FaceTime service has been extremely popular as it is seamless, simple, and easy to use. The service requires no additional log-in, no account creation–all you need to do is make a call to an iOS or Mac OS X user as if you’re making a regular phone call.
Via: Android Police