Skype with video chat should be officially arriving – someday – but when it does get here it’s likely to be Verizon-only, at least for a spell. While other apps like Fring offer video chat, when we’re talking Android, we sort of expect to see a solution from Google as well as third-party developers. A rumor popping up tonight suggests that such a thing could be in the works, claiming that Android 2.3.4 will bring with it Google-based video calls.
Twitter user MAFiA303 claims to have just tried out a call “with gmail” on the the Nexus S. Pressed by other users for more information, he says he’s been working with Samsung in some capacity, though has been short on details. As Droid-life points out, video chat in GMail proper sounds quite odd, so he likely means Google Talk, instead.
If anything, it seems surprising that Google’s taken so long to come up with a video call app, considering the Nexus S has started the push towards the popularity of front-facing cameras for Android smartphones. While tablets have access to Google Talk with video for Honeycomb, so far smartphone users have been patiently waiting in the eaves. There’s no word on if this will be ready in time for Google I/O, or if we’ll end up waiting a bit longer.