Android 3.0 Gingerbread to Bring Video Chat

October 13, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

More details about the next major upgrade to the Android operating system, which is expected by everyone to end up as Android 3.0, have arrived. New information suggests that the upgrade (better known as Gingerbread) might provide support for video calls.

The present information about the OS upgrade, which is expected to be released early next year, comes via Androidandme. They got the information they required when they asked Google about the Gingerbread OS. Androidandme reported that Google’s answer to the OS question suggests that the feature of video calling might be coming along with Gingerbread.

According to them, Google said that the company supports video chat currently, with Google Talk Video, which works on the desktop. Whether the same feature can be repurposed and made appropriate for mobile is an exercise that is underway.

This revelation by Google that it is working on a solution, coupled with the fact that many Android phones (such as the Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Evo 4G) are now being produced with front-facing cameras, is more than a strong hint that video calling could be coming. The move might be coming as a response to Apple’s FaceTime video chat on the iPhone.

Androidandme also spoke with some Tegra 2 hardware partners and was told that Gingerbread is going to “change the way we use our phones”. Maybe new features other than video chat might also be coming. Let’s wait and see.

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