Google is planning to release a new version of Gingerbread, Android 2.3.4, at Google I/O next month, complete with the ability to make video calls through Gmail.
Google I/O is the search giant’s developer conference which is taking place in San Francisco on 10-11 May.
The speculation comes after a Samsung-affiliated Twitter user tweeted that he had;
“Just had a video call using gmail on Nexus S. Impressive quality @googlenexus Gingerbread 2.3.4” and hash-tagged it “io2011”.
Although Android does have a proprietary video calling facility on Android 2.3, it can only be used to call Android phone-to-phone, much like Apple’s original FaceTime app.
Like FaceTime, but not:
Apple has since introduced a desktop version of its in-house video calling system, and Google looks likely to follow suit with the supposed new feature seeing Android users able to video call desktop Gmail users and potentially non-Android phones with mobile Gmail.