Android app news: Gtalk video chat for Android now official

Android 2.3.4 roll-out on the way to Samsung Nexus S

Gingerbread phones to get video chat via Gtalk.

Android will gets its very own FaceTime competitor with the official confirmation from Google that the next minor update to the OS will contain a major new piece of functionality.

Gtalk video chat, the prospect of which we reported on earlier this week was confirmed by Google's Mobile Blog as an official part of Android 2.3.4, which is coming to all Gingerbread phones, starting with Google's own Samsung Nexus S.

The useful IM app will now allow completely free voice and video calls over Wi-Fi or 3G to any other device using the software, that includes Android 2.3 phones and anyone using the Chat functionality within Google Mail.

Android already has an Android video chat option with Qik video. The free app allows video calls across platforms, meaning iPhone and Android users can stay in touch with each other via video.

It's also thought that Skype video calling will be coming to Android phones also, but we hope that Google rolls this out to all Android phones as only a select few handsets are currently running Gingerbread.

Link: CNN