Google Talk with Voice and VideoGoogle is always working to release new and effective Internet solutions.  Continuing in this tradition, Google’s Talk messenger application has recently been updated with video and voice capabilities.  The new release is not meant to be a contender to Skype, as it does not possess the ability to connect to the standard phone network or voice mail support.

The audio and video is high quality, though.  Since Google Talk’s video traffic goes through Google servers, it’s expected to be more consistent as far as the connection then Skype since Google has endless bandwidth and server space. If you’re using an older computer, the PC may suffer poor performance during usage since the application utilizes a lot of resources.  There are no such issues with any recent system, however.

Straying from the path of other video chat products, Google Voice and Video uses a proprietary plug-in instead of Flash. A miniscule download of 2MB supports Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google’s own Chrome on a PC as well as Firefox on a Mac.  Details have not yet been released on support for other platforms, such as Linux, but ports for them may come later. Google Video and Voice made its official public debut at midday on Tuesday, November 18th. Now that Google provides Voice and Video, users have access to a vast array of tools with one login, including email, voice, chat, and soon even SMS. If Google ties in Youtube and Google Docs better in the future, the Google account will be nearly unstoppable.

Google’s Voice and Video is quite simple to use.  When the option is available, a "Video & More" button is shown in the chat messaging window.  Once selected, the plug-in will be installed and immediately accessible for video calls with friends.

  • John

    It’s nice to see changes in gtalk. Hopefully new themes will be added and other plugins in the near future.

  • http://www.northshore.org/clinicalservices/cardiology/treatment/interventional/ Chicago Cardiology

    This is a really cool feature. Being in the Internet business, I have friends and contacts all over the United States and some across the world. This tool makes it easy to personally talk, for free, with anyone needed. Sometimes it is nicer to hear a voice (i.e. a relative’s voice or a close friend)…this makes it easily possible.

  • http://softwarenote.com Noter – SoftwareNote.com

    As usual, Google make a step a head in innovation. Just like Apple style but in different field.

  • http://annakravets.wordpress.com/ Kate

    Recently I’ve heard about new feautures in Google Talk:
    – Group Chat (Now you can now invite multiple people to chat with you in a group)
    – New Emoticons :-)
    – Popout support and Flickr slideshows (you can now pop out the gadget into a separate, small window anytime. This way you can navigate to other websites and still keep your contact list and chats open)

  • TypoCatcher

    The audio and video is high quality, though. Since Google Talk’s video traffic goes through Google servers, it’s expected to be more consistent as far as the connection then Skype since Google has endless bandwidth and server space ( then to than)
    I tend to be pretty good at catching little typo. Hope it helps.. The email is not for real.

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