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Video Chat comes to Gmail on mobile phones

Internet search engine giant Google has brought out video chat to Google Talk, on Android run mobile phones.

Google mobile OS driven handsets have now gained software enabled video chat, from inside of Gmail. This effectively means users of Android handsets can video call someone running Gmail on an actual computer, for a two-way video chat – without running or installing any additional third-party software.

Google Talk with video and voice chat works either over 3G, 4G or WIFI and from a Google mobile OS phone or tablet – free of charge, although the handsets accompanying data allowance will be impacted from non-WIFI use.

The Google Talk friends list highlights whether that person is on a voice or video enabled device, by the video camera icon appearing next to the contact’s name where a video call can then commence with just a simple touch of the screen.

The video also automatically pauses when temporarily leaving Google Talk, if the Android user needs to run another application and the audio continues to maintain contact with that person, if needed.

Google Talk with video and voice chat is being rolled out to the Samsung made Nexus S handset over the next few weeks, as part of the Android 2.3.4 over-the-air update and will launch on other Android 'Gingerbread' 2.3 devices in the near future.

Check out the video below for a demonstration of the Gmail feature in action.

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