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Google WebRTC browser voice/video chat released to take on Skype and FaceTime

Google WebRTC browser voice/video chat released to take on Skype and FaceTime

Google has released a developer preview of WebRTC, its open real-time voice and video chat system that uses HTML and JavaScript to put video and audio conferencing into the browser. Billed as an easy way for developers to add video/voice chat to their products, with no royalties and little in the way of technical hurdles, WebRTC has ambitions to usurp platforms like Microsoft-owned Skype and Apple FaceTime as the open alternative.

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Qik Video Connect lets iPhone and Android users taunt each other by video

Qik Video Connect lets iPhone and Android users taunt each other by video

Qik has updated its video calling app, Qik Video Connect, to support cross-platform calls between iOS and Android devices. The new version - a free download for both platforms, though the premium Qik Video Connect Plus is also available for iOS - allows the front and rear cameras to be used on the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G, iPad 2 and Android 2.1+ devices for two-way video chat and video mail.

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Gtalk video calling for Android phones tipped for Google I/O

Gtalk video calling for Android phones tipped for Google I/O

The front-facing camera on Android handsets like the Nexus S and Desire S haven't seen much official use yet; third-party video calling apps like Fring can use them, but video functionality in Google's own Gtalk has so far been limited to Android 3.0 Honeycomb on tablets. That may well change at Google I/O next month, however, with claims that a test build of Android 2.3.4 with video-capable Gtalk has been doing the rounds.

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SlashGear 101: What is Apple FaceTime?

SlashGear 101: What is Apple FaceTime?

Video calls were a mainstay of classic sci-fi films, and even today there's something almost magical about seeing your friends and family on the screen of a portable device. Video calling has been around for some time, but it's only really in the past year or so that its got more attention among regular users. That's thanks in no small part to Apple and FaceTime, as found on the iPhone 4, iPad 2 and other gadgets from the company's range. Read on as we give FaceTime the full SlashGear 101 treatment!

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