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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by simon4of4, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. simon4of4

    simon4of4 Lurker
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    I've been running my GNex for about a week and love it. As this is my first smartphone there are a few things I'm still learning as I go.

    One of the things I've been most interested in is switching to Google Talk for most of my SMS needs. So far encouraging other friends to switch has been easy.

    The one problem I'm running into is using voice or video chat through GTalk. I've read that for ICS I need to click on my contact and then a mic or camera icon will be available at the top of the screen but none of my contacts have either of these icons.

    My wife is using a Droid Incredible 2 and she doesn't have the icon for my contact either. We've tested video chatting with Skype and it works but I would prefer to use GTalk.

    Anyone know why I don't have these icons? What am I missing?

    I've done some searching on the net and seen others report this problem but so far no solutions were posted. Or at least none that worked for me as I don't want to switch to Google+ unless I really have to. :)

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  2. jse2480

    jse2480 Newbie

    When you view the contacts in the contact list, do they have a mic or a video camera to the right of their name? This may indicate that they have the capability on their device. In the case where the icon exists, you can click it (video camera for example), and it will start a video chat. If you click the name, it will open a chat window.

    For people who have video or chat capabilities, if you click on them so their chat opens, there will be the video camera and the mic between their name and the menu button (on the top).

    Did the DInc2 have video chat capabilities? IIRC, there were only certain versions of Gingerbread (or Gtalk for that matter) that had video or voice chat integrated.

    Do you have a laptop with a webcam? Perhaps your wife can log in to her Gmail account on the computer, and you can see if you can video chat with her on the computer?
  3. babyhuyx

    babyhuyx Newbie

    Make sure you added her email as im
  4. simon4of4

    simon4of4 Lurker
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    No. Even when a buddy of mine (using a T-Bolt) has a video and mic icon for me, I don't have one for him.

    Again, no go here.

    I'm not sure. This is the first time I have tried to use the abilities. Again, I tried Skype and it worked so I figured that it was capable. I didn't realize only certain versions of GB had it integrated. I thought it was all GB.

    I will test this and post the results.

    Okay, I tested with a laptop standing in for the DInc2 and it worked. I guess I'm going to have to research more into which version of GB supports this. I could swear that I read it was part of the build. Hmmm....
  5. zerocool79346

    zerocool79346 Android Expert

    It is 2.3.4+ that allows for video chat over Gtalk.
  6. simon4of4

    simon4of4 Lurker
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    Thanks. I found the same thing after doing some more research.

    It's just odd because all of Google's announcements about the product say it works as of 2.3.4 but all the forums and blogs that I've found say 2.3.5. And of course the DInc2 is running 2.3.4. :)

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