Google Follows Apple, Gives Android Its Own FaceTime App
In today's world, where there is rapid advancement in technology, having a video chat feature on your smartphone seems like a small thing and is more of a prerequisite if the smartphone has intentions of staking a claim in the market.
Talking about native video chat apps, Apple clearly rules the roost with their FaceTime app. And while this paved way for others to follow suit, there's still no one that comes close to matching Apple's magic.
Yes there are plenty of third-party video chat apps available. But having one built-in natively from the phone's manufacturer is always a good omen.
So after working on it for months, Google has finally finished work on its own native video calling app, an enhanced "Google Talk" for smartphones, which is more flexible than Apple's FaceTime in many ways. For instance, while FaceTime works only over Wi-Fi connections, Google Talk will work over 3G and 4G networks as well apart from WiFi connections.
Google Talk also brings flexibility in the mode of video chat with audio-visual interaction possible from your Android phone, Android tablet, and your computer with Google talk over Gmail.
Another place where the Google Talk scores over FaceTime is that while on video chat, you can still send and receive text chats from others in your network, and can also pause the visual and navigate to other menus in your phone. Though the visual will be paused, the audio can still be heard clearly. Flawless work from Google here.
In your Google Talk friends list, a video or voice chat button will appear next to your contacts and you can simply touch the button to connect with them. Any text chats from the person you’re talking with will be overlaid on your phone’s screen so you can read them without having to leave the video. And, if you need to check something else, the video pauses automatically so you can go back to your phone’s home screen or another app. The audio will keep going even though the video has paused.
This news has been warmly welcomed by Android users all over the world. And why not? After all they are matching Apple's devices eye for eye.
Check out this video for a better understanding of the Google Talk: