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Video Chat Over 3G And 4G With Your Android Tablet, “The New” iPad, Not So Much

One of the big features that has been a plus for Android over iOS devices is the ability to video chat over cellular 3G and 4G networks. While jail breaking an iOS device can give you 3G/4G connectivity for video chatting, Apple’s signature video chatting app, that’s integrated with iMessage and iChat, FaceTime, is still behind in the times.

Dan Seifert over at Mobileburn, has reported that even on the “New iPad” which debuts tomorrow, FaceTime users are still relegated to chatting over wi-fi using FaceTime. What makes this even sillier is the fact that here in Austin TX during SXSWi I met somebody who had to tether to his Verizon Wireless iPhone 4S in order to initiate a FaceTime chat with his family using his 3G connected iPad via Wi-Fi.

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IMO Instant Messenger For Android Gets Updated, Includes Voice Calls Now

One of our favorite third party instant messenger apps is IMO. IMO was founded by one of the original Google employees which insures that it functions great on Android devices. It also means that IMO updates features for Android before other platforms.

One of those features is voice calls. IMO’s new voice calling feature is still in beta and available on their Android app only right now. You can make actual voice calls to your contacts through the app. You can also leave voice messages in walkie talkie or “voxer” style.

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T-Mobile Allowing Video Chat Over 3G/4G For Now

Many of you have been following the plight of Russell Holly over G-Talk with video over 3G on phones.  If that made no sense to you whatsoever, here is a bit of the back story.

When the Samsung Nexus S on T-Mobile received the update to Gingerbread 2.3.4 it included G-Talk with video. In theory, with this update, you would be able to video chat with your G-Talk contacts using your Nexus S Android phone, much in the same way you can on a computer.  After a very quick honeymoon with the video feature over T-Mobile’s 3G/4G network that quickly changed.  Many Android users became frustrated when they saw a message requiring wi-fi for this functionality.

When Geek.com writer and Android evangelist, Russell Holly noticed the problem he began to ping the T-Mobile USA official twitter account, run by Dan Anderson.  After a month of no replies on the issue Holly wrote about it in one of his freelance columns.

Phandroid is now reporting that they have received emails from Nexus S users that say that 3G video chatting is back on T-Mobile.  There’s nothing to suggest if this is permanent or a test, but for now this is great news.

Source: Phandroid

Android 2.3.4 Is Rolling Out Now Includes Video Chat Support For Nexus S

When the west coast woke up this morning the team that handles Google’s official twitter accounts got busy. They posted a tweet in the 9am hour that said they had a treat for us later in the day. That treat has been exposed and that is that Google is rolling out an Android update 2.3.4 to those running Android 2.3x

This new update supports video chat for the Samsung/Google Nexus S. In fact the good folks at Google have already uploaded a tutorial on the official Google Blog with text and video instructions on how to do video chat via Gtalk on the Google Nexus S. They also promise to support other devices running Gingerbread at 2.3.4.

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Gtalk With Video On Android 2.3.4? We Could See It At I/O

Well we just contributed to the Google I/O rumor mill in our previous post suggesting that the Nexus S 4G will be the “Google I/O” phone much as the HTC Evo 4G was the I/O phone last year. Now we’re going to go ahead and pour a little fuel on that fire and suggest that the Samsung Nexus S 4G may be released with Android 2.3.4.

As we’ve seen since last years I/O Samsung has firmly implanted themselves in Google’s good graces being the OEM of choice for the follow up to the Google Nexus One.  Now, the twitter user named @MAFiA303, who is allegedly employed or works with Samsung, has tweeted this:

Android Police first reported this earlier today and well, we think @MAFiA303 and Android Police are right on the money.

Source: Android Police via Droid Life