On Tuesday, November 11th, Google decide to add Voice and Video to their Gchat. I was unable to play with it until today and I must say that it is very impressive. Of course, all Google products that come to market seem to impress me, but the voice and video really take the cake.
When using the voice through Google Chat, I was expecting that there would be some chatter or grainy sound quality. I was completely wrong! The sound quality was great, very smooth. I would go as far as putting it on par with Skype, if not better. Moreover, the video quality matched that of the sound quality. Very smooth graphics, not choppy at all. However, when enlarging the video to full screen, you will start to see some problems. But what would you expect when you are broadcasting from a webcam.
Ease of Use
To use Google Video and Voice couldn’t be easier. Open up your GMail account and click on the link that says “New! Video Chat” at the top of the screen; after that it’s one click of the mouse and a restart of all your web browsers. You are now ready to use video and voice.
Of course I had to start chatting with all my friends online to give it a test run. It was great, very entertaining. It was great to be able to chat with friends I have in other parts of the country and be able have such a crispy and clean connection. Once again, Google has made another great product.