A data plan to charge consumers extra for Skype, Google Talk or other VoIP calls has been squashed by TeliaSonera; sort of. Instead of the planned 6 Euro fee for 5 to 10 hours of VoIP calls, the operator is simply raising rates for all.
The popular Google Talk app is down for most users on Thursday morning. This snafu, which cut many people off from their instant messaging/video chat app of choice, along with today’s WIndows Azure snafu in Europe, show the dark side of cloud computing.
Many mainstream consumers were introduced to mobile video chat via Apple’s FaceTime service, but video calling from phones has been around for a while and works on regular cellular networks. Now that we have a number of mobile video chat services, which are you using?
Chrome will soon feature an open-source and open-codec implementation of Google Talk and Google+ Hangouts voice and video chat, thanks to the WebRTC framework the company open-sourced earlier this year. This implementation will replace the proprietary plugin that’s currently bundled with Chrome.
Google is bringing Samsung’s Nexus S smartphone to AT&T’s network on July 24 for $99 with a two-year contract. Customers can preorder the handset today online or in a Best Buy store. Why launch a handset that’s a bit behind current hardware? Google Wallet comes to mind.
Google’s new Hangouts video chat service is one of the most interesting features of its Google+ project. A look behind the tech curtain reveals that Google has big plans for Hangouts, using cutting edge technology to make it run natively on a wide range of devices.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and a video will save you even more typing. There are lots of video chat options out there now for both Mac and iOS, and the competition is fierce. Which is your go-to client on either platform, and why?
Google grabbed headlines when it made Google Talk functionality available on Android version 2.3.4, launching first on the Google Nexus S. But now there’s an option for the rest of the Android ecosystem, as tiny SkyMobius has issued the latest version of its Vtok app.
Can an e-reader become a useful Android tablet? Yes, if its the Nook Color, which gained new features this week. Google also added video calls to Android smartphones, although it will take time before handsets see the update. Google Docs is available without a wait, however.
After nearly 16 months, my Google Nexus One is finally out-of-date. That’s a record for me keeping one single phone, but it’s time for an upgrade, because Google just announced video chat capabilities in Android 2.3.4, rolling out to the Nexus S and other new phones.