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  1. k425

    k425 Member

    According to reviews I have found online this morning Gtalk Video Chat is not included or enabled on the Photon.

    Shawheim thought you said you used it to make a video call to your girlfriend?

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  2. aaron130

    aaron130 Active Member

    Don't forget he didn't have a release day photon, he basically had a test device. So while he helped out MAJORLY with even making me order one I think with something like that we will just have to wait and see. From what I've been reading this morning I'm getting even MORE excited!! UPS BETTER bring it today!LOL. Even though it only shows my case as being shipped I have faith the phone is with it.
  3. k425

    k425 Member

    Right you are... that's what I thought was the reason (pre-release device). Just wanted to see what he thought and how Gtalk Video Chat worked. Maybe he installed Vtok, I dont know, and thought it was native Gtalk Video Chat. This is a bummer but I assume that Gtalk Video Chat is coming soon.
  4. reddragon72

    reddragon72 Well-Known Member

    not a deal breaker, but I thought 2.3.4 was built soley for the purpose of video chat in gtalk.... strange very strange...
  5. shawheim_a

    shawheim_a Well-Known Member

    Way to call me out as the heading of a thread. My phone had gtalk out of the box. Didn't have to do an update or anything like that. Worked without a hitch. Video and sound both worked.
  6. k425

    k425 Member

    I didn't mean to call you out Shawheim... I was just trying to get your attention so you would be sure to comment. Sorry if it seemed as if I was calling you out. I was trying to see how you got GTalk Video Chat to work on your pre-release device. Any thoughts... maybe you had an later build of 2.3.4 than the shipping software?
  7. shawheim_a

    shawheim_a Well-Known Member


    Oh I didn't mean call me out as a bad thing, its kinda cool in a way. But I didn't have to do anything to make gtalk work. All I did was sign in on my phone, then sign in to my other gmail account on the computer. On the phone it had the little green camera beside my name as soon as I logged in, that's the only reason I tried it out at all.
  8. McLogan

    McLogan Active Member

    You are either Famous or Infamous now. Of course there may not be a difference on a forum...
  9. halfdriven

    halfdriven Member

    shawheim was correct, it has gtalk preloaded and will ship that way
  10. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    You're lucky. I was about to go to bat for shawheim...LOL. But next time you want to make sure he sees a thread, maybe PM him the link to the thread you started, instead of adding it to the title?

    Nontheless, just for everyone, keep in mind that shawheim got a Demo phone, so there's no telling what the seller he bought it from actually put on the phone in the first place.

    Okay, back on topic, I've never really used the video chat option on the EVO because all the programs I tried absolutely sucked!!...LOL...Qik, Fring, Skype...they all were awful. Tried Fring chatting with my best friend and it was always an issue of him not hearing me, or vice versa.

    If it works, that's cool. If not, definitley not a deal breaker for me.
  11. reddragon72

    reddragon72 Well-Known Member

    Do you have the phone to verify?

    Also what review did the OP read that stated no Gtalk video? I have read all the reviews and none even mention it, and I thought it was a standard feature in 2.3.4 except on phones without FFC.
  12. halfdriven

    halfdriven Member

    Yes I have the phone and I too am curious about where that was posted
  13. reddragon72

    reddragon72 Well-Known Member

    Glad to see that the feature is actually there. So now I just need my family with Evo 4G's and Epic 4G's to get the update to 2.3.4 and well be all set.
  14. k425

    k425 Member

    I read like 8 or 9 reviews today... This Is My Next, Android Central's, PC World's, PC Mag's, SlashGearss, Gizmodo's, and I can't remember the others. Phil Nickinson in his Ask Me About the Photon 4G thread on Android Central's forums said that it didn't have GTalk Video Chat not that it didn't come with GTalk pre-installed... big difference. I also read it on one of the other sites but I can't remember which one.

    I just got mine delivered from UPS and once the screen protector goes on I will try it out and let you all know.

    -K425
  15. k425

    k425 Member

    Shawheim... We're good man! It's because of your "preview" that I decided to use my upgrade and get the Photon. You're my hero!!!:p
  16. Godfather13

    Godfather13 Well-Known Member

    I dont see gtalk preloaded on my Photon.
  17. twospirits

    twospirits AF's janitor Moderator

    Being that the phone that Shawheim was previously from someone else and the phone was a unlocked developers phone, I do believe that the previous user installed the Google Talk 1.3 with video apk that is shown over at xda.

    See thread.

    TS out
  18. Godfather13

    Godfather13 Well-Known Member

    So does that mean you cant get gtalk without rooting first? Is there no other app that will allow you to do the face/calling?
  19. twospirits

    twospirits AF's janitor Moderator

    According to sources, Google is sending out the update first to the Nexus then afterward to other 2.3+ phones, but no date was officially set.

    TS
  20. k425

    k425 Member

    Godfather

    Look under Talk in the app launcher. Why they list it as Talk and not Gtalk is beyond me! :)
  21. TomXP411

    TomXP411 Well-Known Member

    I have a Photon. I bought the first one at my Sprint store in the mall today, and there is no video chat in Google Talk.

    I ran down some of the alternatives:
    Qik: I haven't managed to set up a 2-way chat session, but the webcast mode seems to work with video but no audio. (Ironically enough, the Evo View transmits audio but no video.)
    Skype: no video chat
    Vtok: this is an interesting little app that interops with Google Talk. Seems to work on both WiFi and 3G (my Evo View works on 3G, but not on WiFi. Maybe my router is puking, since I only have 4 devices signed in to GTalk right now.)

    So at the moment, NO GOOGLE TALK VIDEO CHAT on the retail Photon.
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