Google Opens Own Video Chat Service Against Apple’s Facetime

To compete with the Facetime application on the iPhone, Google has opened its own video chat service for Android smartphones.

The video chat update to Google Talk works over 3G with WiFi networks. It utilizes the front-mounted cameras on high-end Android handsets.

The latest feature will be rolled out to the own-brand of the firm Nexus S smartphone “in the next few weeks” as part of the Android 2.3.4 update, according to the Google Mobile Blog.

Additional smartphones running Google’s mobile OS, like Samsung’s Galaxy range will obtain the update at an indefinite afterward date.

Google Video Chat Service The service will go up against Apple’s Facetime app, which was opened next to the iPhone 4 previous year, with third part apps like Skype and Fring. Google has the benefit of putting together its video chat software with users’ Gmail contacts list.

Google said, “You can now video or voice chat with your friends, family and colleagues right from your Android phone, whether they’re on their compatible Android tablet or phone, or using Gmail with Google Talk on their computer.”

The service will as well work on Android Honeycomb tablets, like the Motorola Xoom. A wave of launches is anticipated over the following few months, giving a stronger test to the iPad’s domination.

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