Forget regular chats, it might be time to babble. And soon, if Google has its way.
At one point or the other, faithful Google users must have felt that the disparate facilities offered by Google – Google Talk, Google+ Hangout, Google Voice and Google Drive – would be much better off if merged into one giant facility. That is where Babble comes in – it’s the promised unification of all these above-mentioned facilities.
What will that give you? That will allow you to use the same chat window as Google Talk and start a Hangout, while still editing a Google Drive file. You will be able to Hangout with anyone in the contact list.
Geek.com reported this story here and it’s drawing quite a bit of attention. Google is not launching a new product in this as it is just bundling up its old services into one master service and that has a lot of users excited.
What about Skype and AIM, which are similar services but not under the Google umbrella? Unfortunately, they will continue to be out of the shade as Google will integrate only its own services under the XMPP, a message-oriented communication protocol originally launched as Jabber.
The most exciting aspect of the grand unification plan is the promised quality. Geek.com reports that Babble will have exceptional voice and video quality.
Google has however not released any comment on any of the above issues. Maybe, the initial rollout will be quiet and on an experimental basis, like Google+. The interest is quite high, and the same can be said about the imminent launch of the new Android OS ‘Key Lime Pie’.
When Verizon and HTC announced the Thunderbolt at the CES 2011, the phone was supposed to ship with a video chat capable version of Skype. However, from the time of its announcement to its release date, something happened and the Thunderbolt did not ship with a video chat capable version of Skype.
Now, the folks over at Android And Me have got their hands on some internal documents from Verizon, which suggests that the HTC Thunderbolt will be getting a software update on June 30th.
The software update will bump the Android version on the handset to 2.3.4, and will include a bunch of bug-fixes including a fix for the random reboot issue. The software update carrying the build number 2.07.605.2 will also bring the video-chat capable version of Google Talk, and a new version of Skype, which will also support video-chatting.
The update will also bump the Sense version to 2.1, which will include integration with HTCSense.com. The update also aims at improving the aGPS performance of the handset, and will install Amazon AppStore along with Verizon’s Phone Finder and MyVerizon app.
Hopefully, there will be no technical problems and the Android 2.3.4 update for the Thunderbolt will not be delayed.
Nokia has released a new Messaging app for all Symbian based devices, dubbed as IM for Nokia. As the name suggests, the app allows users to chat with their friends on popular IM (Instant Messaging) networks.
At the moment, the application supports popular IM networks like Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo Chat, MySpace IM, and the extinct Ovi Chat. Sadly, the app does not support the highly popular Facebook Chat. By default, users will need to enter their Ovi account username and password before they can use the app.
The application also comes with a handy widget for Nokia’s touch screen based Symbian handset. There is also a widget for S40 based handsets, but its functionality is quite limited.
The application is available for download from the Ovi Store for the Nokia X6, Nokia 5230, Nokia N8, Nokia E7, and other Symbian^3 based handsets, along with S40 based handsets. Nokia will also pre-install IM for Nokia in their future handsets.
The app does lack many features which other chat client for Symbian devices offer like archives, emoticons, group conversations and video call etc.
Earlier, Google rolled out an update which added Linux support for Google Talk’s Voice and Video chat. Unfortunately, the update has been packaged only a debian deb file. Fortunately, Jigish Gohil, more popularly known as “CyberOrg” in the openSUSE community has a solution.
The debian package is a archive consisting of the required libraries and a cron job, Jigish has extracted the files and rolled it into a tarball. To install, just download the tarball and extract it to the root folder. To do so, open the Terminal.
Switch to the root user:
Next, use tar to extract and move the files
tar jxvf /path/to/downloaded/file/google-talkplugin.tar.bz2 -C /
Replace /path/to/downloaded/file with the location at which you downloaded the file. Restart your browsers, and you should be ready to start talking!
Google now provides an RPM package, just head over to the Download page and select the required file.
After a long, long time – Google finally has introduced Voice & Video chat for Linux. Now while trying to start a Voice or Video chat, instead of showing “This system is not supported” – you get redirected to Google’s Chat download page.
Clicking on the “Install button” will prompt you to download the Debian package file.
Once saved, just double click on the file to launch the package manager, and click on install to Install the plugin.
Once installed, just restart your browser and you’re all set to start video chatting in Linux!
The bad news that currently, only debs are packaged, which means RPM based distro users will have to wait a little bit longer.
Apparently it looks like some (or all) users in China are facing issues while accessing the Android Market, Gmail and Google Talk on their Android based devices.
A user on the Android Forums posted a thread today that he was unable to access Market, Gmail and Google Talk from China. According to the user the problems have been happening since 13th June and has been occurring in Mainland China.
Unfortunately, Android Forums itself has gone under so could not check the entire conversation, but here is the page on Google Cache from which the below screenshot has been taken.
The actual thread is here just in case you want to check the debate, however it is still down for me. Are you in China and facing the same issues?
Update: From the comments below we were able to confirm that China is indeed blocking the above services.
Would you like to automatically update your Google talk status messages with tweets from your profile? It might be a good idea to change Google talk status messages with your tweets as this will let your IM buddies know what you are doing.
Twitter2Gtalk helps you achieve just the same. You can connect your Google talk and Twitter accounts and cross post Tweets as Google talk status messages. The app will change the status messages every 30 minutes, so there is nothing to worry if you tweet quite often.
To get started, login to Twitter2Gtalk website with your Google account and enter the password of your Gtalk account. Next, enter your Twitter username as shown below:
That’s it. Now your Google talk buddies will see your tweets as status messages every 30 minutes. However, tweets that start with ‘@’ will not be sent to GTalk.
This app can be really useful. Say you are attending a seminar and want your friends to know how the seminar is going. You update your Twitter profile from the mobile phone and the tweet is set as the status message of your Google talk account. As for bloggers, it’s a great way to promote their posts among their Google talk friends network. Also read: how to schedule Facebook status messages.