Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Google Talk on Android...

Google has just announced that support for video chat and voice chat using Google Talk is coming to Android handsets!

As an owner of an Android handset (Desire HD) this sounds like the first steps to the hallowed release of Google Voice in the UK... maybe. The issue with this exciting news is that it's only going to be rolled out in the 2.3.4 update for the Nexus S in the next few weeks, then for other 2.3 Android devices in the near future. No mention of Android 2.2 users... which includes me and around 75% of other users!

At the moment i'm still waiting for the 2.3 upgrade to be run through HTC for them to add in their own tweaks before they release the upgrade to the world. This has no timeframe on it and with the speed of releases from Google it could be that 2.4 or 2.5 will be ot before we have the chance to upgrade to 2.3!

I love the idea of open source and Android is a great mobile operating system but having it run through a third party leads to delays in roll out, bloated applications and potential conflicts of interest.

The big question mark at the moment is if open source solutions survive the transition to paid for & support devices?

To root or not to root, that is the question!

You can read more about the developments on the Google Blog.