Gtalk Gmail video calling to launch with Android 2.3.4

Gmail calls to launch as rival to Apple's FaceTime

Desktop version of in-house video calling to be announced at Google I/O?

Google seems set to release a new version of Gingerbread, Android 2.3.4, complete with video call functionality through Gmail.

An announcement at Google I/O appears likely with speculation in full swing after a Samsung-affiliated Twitter user tweeted, "Just had a video call using gmail on Nexus S. Impressive quality @googlenexus Gingerbread 2.3.4" with the hash-tag “io2011”.

Android 2.3 currently does have a proprietary video calling facility yet it can only be used to call Android phone-to-phone.

A desktop version, akin to Apple’s FaceTime app, is expected to follow with the revealed new feature allowing Android uses to video call desktop Gmail users and potentially non-Android phones with mobile Gmail.

The annual Google I/O developer conference is set to take place in San Francisco between May 10-11 however UK readers shouldn’t get too excited as last year’s Google Music and Google TV are both still to be released on our humble shores.

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Source: Android Police