Google has announced that Android 2.3.4 will roll out for the Google Nexus One and Nexus S smartphones in the coming weeks. Nexus One users should notice bug fixes, while Nexus S users will get at least one major new feature: video calling.
Google Voice and Video Chat will be built into Google Talk, allowing you to tap a little movie icon next to your friend’s name. The feature will only be available on phones and tablets that support the feature — and since Google is promising video calling for the Nexus S, but not the Nexus One, I’m going to go out on a limb and sugest that a front=facing camera is a requirement.
Video chat is supported over WiFi, 3G, or 4G and you can place video calls to contacts whether they’re using an Android device or a computer.
Any text chat messages a contact sends you while you’re in a video call will be overlaid on the screen so you don’t miss a message when you’re using the video feature.
While I’m looking forward to bug fixes for the Nexus One (I’ve been experiencing force closes like there’s no tomorrow since updating my phone to Android 2.3.3 earlier this year), it figure that Google would push out a software update just after I finally found a reliable method for rooting a phone running Android 2.3.3. Hopefully Gingerbreak will also support Android 2.3.4.