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Old January 29th, 2011, 07:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So we saw the Google video chat previewed in the teaser videos and at CES on the XOOM. Does anyone know if Skype video chat will be available on the XOOM? I have heard that Skype is working on releasing a Android video chat for Android soon, and I thought I heard it would be on the Motorola Droid Bionic (another Verizon Motorola device). So I was hopeful that it would land on the XOOM as well, but I haven't heard anything.

If Skype is not available for the XOOM initially, what other video chatting solutions for the XOOM exist that you would recommend - besides the Google video chat. I have never used video chatting before and would be looking for a XOOM ----> Windows desktop PC video chatting experience. So the client used would need to have a Windows client interface as well.

Lastly, does the Google video chat on a PC (from Gmail) work outside of a Chrome browser? As in , does it work from Firefox or IE as well?

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use Gtalk video client...

I use it for IM and will use it for video chat because you can talk with anyone who has Gtalk whether they are on their phone or computer...and yes it works with browsers outside of chrome.
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use Gtalk video client...

I use it for IM and will use it for video chat because you can talk with anyone who has Gtalk whether they are on their phone or computer...and yes it works with browsers outside of chrome.
Thanks, but again I was looking for a solution other than the Google client if possible. Do you happen to at least know if the Google client will work on IE or Firefox?
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yea I just said it works on browsers outside of Chrome.

So IE, FF will be able to communicate with you if you are on your PC on chrome....AND it will work with you if you are on your tablet.
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Old January 30th, 2011, 01:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Sorry , missed that part. Great, thanks. That solution then could work for me if there is no Skype mobile video.

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Someone mentioned Tango Video calling the other day. Does anyone know if that is a good video calling app that would work well with the XOOM?
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Will skype video evendtually work on the xoom?
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I would think so but I don't know for sure. I'm hoping since Skype bought Qik they will implement it into android.
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Skype isn't working on Xoom.
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skype chat works on xoom, but no video. I'm going to try Fring.
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try yahoo messenger...
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Ooh, good call. I will try that tomorrow. Time for bed now. Too much XOOM time today !
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skype chat works on xoom, but no video. I'm going to try Fring.
I've heard Fring works, but I am looking for a Tablet to PC client. I don't think Fring, Tango, etc have PC clients yet. Will be trying Yahoo messenger tomorrow though.
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Looks like Yahoo Messenger is not available for the XOOM. Doesn't show up in the market.

So, from what I can tell Gtalk is - right now - the only single client to video chat from the XOOM to a PC it seems. I hope other providers update their clients soon.
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ive been using yahoo messenger with video chat on my xoom with no problem
Any chance u can pm the apk for the messenger and video plugin thanks in advance
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just load into your xoom and it installs on its own
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File Type: apk Yahoo_im.apk (1.47 MB, 434 views)
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I installed apks but when I click on messenger it tells me to update it but I can't find it in the market
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thanks! This didn't work for me though. When I tried opening Yahoo Messenger, it told me that the video addon was not compatible, and that I needed to upgrade to Yahoo mobile 1.10, pointed me to a update, which was then non-existent from the XOOM in the marketplace .. :-(

Getting a bit frustrated with all this honestly. I wish someone could make a compatible client. I know it's early in Honeycomb and I need to be patient...
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^^^cost of being an early adopter.. patience my friend..
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I tried 3 times now, no luck still. Same issue. Saying addon is not compatible. Fails to open.
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sorry guys dont know what to tell you i did the same thing on my droid x also
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just hit the home tab on the tablet and then open the app again it will load up
Just tried this and it loaded up fine thanks alot
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reboot the tablet and try again...
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Yup, rebooted a few times, uninstalled/reinstalled the .apks. The main is version 1.1, the addon is version 1.0 and it continues to error because of this. Maybe I'll try to hunt down more recent .apks . Not sure why it does work for everyone else but me though ... Oh well ..
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Google Talk better.
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Why would you prefer yahoo messenger over gchat native app? .. Especially since you're going from Xoom to Pc .. It works flawlessly and everyone has a google email ... I could see finding an alternative to be used with Xoom to iOs ... That is more of where the video chat problem lies
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Why would you prefer yahoo messenger over gchat native app? .. Especially since you're going from Xoom to Pc .. It works flawlessly and everyone has a google email ... I could see finding an alternative to be used with Xoom to iOs ... That is more of where the video chat problem lies
I am not sure if you are referencing me or not. If so .. I don't prefer any client actually. There is only 1 viable client now I see - Gtalk. It is not flawless for me however, and not everyone I know uses Gmail either. I am looking for a more universal client such as skype or even Yahoo, etc .. I am sure they will come over time, I just have to be patient ..
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I am not sure if you are referencing me or not. If so .. I don't prefer any client actually. There is only 1 viable client now I see - Gtalk. It is not flawless for me however, and not everyone I know uses Gmail either. I am looking for a more universal client such as skype or even Yahoo, etc .. I am sure they will come over time, I just have to be patient ..
Yes I was asking you... But I see what you are saying and yes I want more outlets also ... I want to be able to video with iPhone and new iPad users ... For me gChat works great from Xoom to my husband's mac but from web page not iChat

Either way you hit the nail on the head when you said "I just have to be patient" but truth be told if we were patient we would have just waited to xoom came out with flash and 4g ... :-)
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I use Fring to chat from my Xoom to my wifes iPhone and it works great.
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i have two questions for you. First questions: how to get skype chat to work on xoom. Second question: what is, "FRING"? Thanks.
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He doesn't have a Xoom anymore. When I use it, I just open up the contact and I have the option to call or chat.
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So... I downloaded this files. It works!! But when I tried using the video chat...my camera is at the back!! there is a "invert" camera on the screen but it wouldn't switch. So if I have to chat with someone I have to flip my Xoom for them to see me but I wouldn't be able to see them.
Is there a way to flip the camera around? There is no other settings that I can go into.
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Google chat with work with iOSers if they download the vTok app.
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Yes I was asking you... But I see what you are saying and yes I want more outlets also ... I want to be able to video with iPhone and new iPad users ... For me gChat works great from Xoom to my husband's mac but from web page not iChat

Either way you hit the nail on the head when you said "I just have to be patient" but truth be told if we were patient we would have just waited to xoom came out with flash and 4g ... :-)
Tango works great between apple-android and will soon support computers.

because skype was bought by microsoft, it will probably never really be available for android. it wasnt even supposed to make it onto the phones but someone jailbroke it
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because skype was bought by microsoft, it will probably never really be available for android. it wasnt even supposed to make it onto the phones but someone jailbroke it
You might want to check your facts about Skype for Android. There are already a few android devices that have Skype Video working. The Xoom is just one of those devices yet.

Now as for Tango, did they resolve the issue of the image from the Xoom being upside down?
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You might want to check your facts about Skype for Android. There are already a few android devices that have Skype Video working. The Xoom is just one of those devices yet.

Now as for Tango, did they resolve the issue of the image from the Xoom being upside down?
The upside down video issue has been fixed on the Xoom. Please check out the latest version of Tango that is available on the Market
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Google Talk works the best if the person on the other end is using Google Chrome. Talked with my kids this way and it's lag free. As long as someone is logged into Gmail on Google Chrome, and it's all good.
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Tango works right side up on the xoom. Surely Skype will follow.
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Which one of these programs will work with WiFi only Xoom. Every time I try to use one of them, it's always looking for a phone #.
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Which one of these programs will work with WiFi only Xoom. Every time I try to use one of them, it's always looking for a phone #.
Currently Tango does require a phone number when registering on some tablets so feel free to register with a landline or a free Google Voice number. Your friends will still be able to find you in Tango through the email address you use to register.

Note - Tango currently requires you to register with a different phone number and email address on each device you wish to Tango on so make sure you don't re-use the same ones if you are registering multiple devices.
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So today there was a skype annoucement, but I still can't seem to get it running on the XOOM, even though it say 2.2 and up should be able to run it. XOOM is not listed on the supported list, but Skype says it should run on 2.2 and up anyway in their blog.

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Skype - The Big Blog - Skype 2.1 for Android enables video on majority of Android devices
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I now can log in to Skype on the XOOM finally, but there is no "setting" in the app to enable video calls that I see. From the blog: "Unfortunately, if you cannot see the video calling settings, it means your Android phone does not meet the minimum requirements needed to make Skype video calls. " Oh well, no skype for the XOOM yet ..
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Brain hurts from all the options. My wife and I have Evo4gs, and I have a Xoom. Is there any video chat option which will work between them? I'm gathering Fring can, but we tried that months ago just between the Evos and weren't impressed - constant voice lag.
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