May 05 AT 11:59 AM Alberto Vildosola 74 Comments

Install Google Talk with Video Chat on your Android phone right now

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Do you want to video chat with Google Talk but don't want to wait for Google, your carrier or your phone's manufacturer to roll out Android 2.3.4 to your phone? We might have a solution for you. Before proceeding, we need to get a few things out the way. Unfortunately, this will only work for those of you with a rooted Android 2.3+ device. -- sorry, rest of the Android community. Secondly, we're not responsible for any explosion, melting or otherwise destructive situation your phone finds itself in.

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The process itself is pretty simple and should be fairly trivial for you seasoned Android hackers:

  • Download this Zip file to your phone's root location on the SD card
  • Use ROM Manager (or any other flashing app) to flash the Zip file
  • Reboot
  • Enjoy video chatting with your brand new Google Talk app
  • Show to friends running Android 2.2 and make them cry of envy

Like every single one of these hacks, things tend to go wrong sometimes. Let us know if this did or didn't work for you in the comments.

Via: Pocketnow

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://Website heldros

    Can the Nexus one on 2.3.4 be rooted ?

    • seven2k

      i think anythign can be rooted just need the rom for the phone. check xda.

      • scott

        Samsung Intercept cannot be rooted, but that’s kind of irrelevant here, because it runs 2.2. As far as I know that’s the only exception. There may be a few others though.

    • http://Website @neidlinger

      This is native feature of 2.3.4 on the Nexus line i thought….

    • http://Website Greg

      Why would you think that ANY version of the Nexus One couldn’t be rooted?

      • http://Website Heldros

        ok ok, I rerooted it :-)
        But I tried to flash the zip file and it doesn’t work even the one from Dean.

  • http://Website dean

    i wouldn’t recommend flashing this way — i would just flash manually through your specific recovery. This way tends to Wipe your phone & flash it as a ROM. Had to load Nandroid.

  • http://Website @neidlinger

    Downloading and testing.

    The other ones on @XDA do not work. hopefully this one will.

    and yes i’m using a 2.3.4 ROM.

  • http://Website josh

    dang it! can’t we edit the titled to include Rooted? i was way too excited to open this page to read “those of you with a rooted Android…” sadness.

    ah. this & the delayed Thunderbolt RUU OTA are just pushing me towards rooting.

  • http://Website sct

    Installed it and tested. Tried calling someone with a CR-48 and someone else who flashed this (we are both on EVO’s). Neither of us could see us calling each other. Doesn’t appear to be working. (Maybe I am doing something wrong?)

    • http://Website Carlo

      The camera on the Evo doesn’t seem to be working. I talked with someone on a computer. I could see them but they couldn’t see me. I didn’t use this method to install the new Google Talk but I was able to get it working a different way

  • http://Website Telemaniaka

    On HTC Dream the app itself works but voice and video don’t ( T_T)

  • http://Website teleknEsis

    This zip won’t flash on my G2x:

    E:Error in /sdcard/talk1.3.update-signed.zip
    (Status 0)
    Installation aborted.

    FAIL!

  • http://Website dean

    teleknEsis: that file doesn’t install for me either — I have a working one on my dropbox.

    Confirmed working: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2491230/talk1-1.3.update-signed.zip

    • Andrew Garlinghouse

      Won’t flash on my G2x running the CM7 Nightly cm_p999_full-3.zip. same error as stated above

    • http://Website Moritz

      That file in your dropbox is identical to the other one so why should that work?

  • http://Website craig

    didn’t work on my nexus s, cyanogen 7.0.2-NS

  • http://Website Mark

    Wow….talk about obvious flame baiting. You should frame the titles of your articles to more accurately reflect its contents. I know blog hits and Google hits are precious to you but lying to do so is just low.

    • http://Website Michael

      I know! I saw the title of the article and I immediately thought, “Hey! I’ll bet that means even my G1 can handle it!”

      Boy, did I feel like a jerk when I found out that they didn’t mean EVERY phone could pull it off!

    • http://Website Mark

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      • http://Website thebosh

        ya ok go outside and try facetime let me know how that goes… gtalk works over cell data

        • http://Website Doosh baguette

          theres also a free file tweak for iOS that makes facetime work over 3g and any network even tmobile. Like you said, I enjoy using facetime outside

      • http://Website domi1

        I ditched my iPhone 3Gs which is a lot better than your crappy 3G for the Samsung Galaxy S and couldn’t be happier…
        You’re just a noob Apple troll sheep

  • http://Website Andy

    Should make it clear that it’s a bit pointless if you don’t have a front facing camera…

  • http://Website Peter_Lang

    so it doesn’t work at all? i want to know before i flash this…

  • http://Website Andy

    It works pretty good on an Evo on CM7. The biggest issue was I wasn’t able to get video from the phone to the comp, but i could see the comp vid from my evo. Sound works, camera switching works, text messages through gchat work while video calling, and the orientation changes from portrait to landscape automatically. Can’t wait till CM7.1 comes out and this thing works flawlessly, way better quality than other vid chat apps.

  • http://Website Name (required)

    Why would you even think it would work without a FFC? In order to use video chat, calling etc, you must have one, so why wouldnt you think you’d need one for this? If you need to be told this you probably shouldnt be doing it.

    • http://Website Willard Potter

      I almost hate to agree with y ou on this… lol Though, it wouldn’t be a bad home option to angle the rear camera at yourself and the screen at a mirror…. lmao I can’t be the only one to think of that. Just saying.

      But. yeah… Front Facing Camera is kind of an obvious pre-requisite that shouldn’t need to be said. If it were as easy as pulling an APK and installing manually, we’d have had this day 1. Still.. it’s something that they decided to do this way. They’re doing it for a reason, sometimes. People are going to install it this way and get pissed at Google directly for it not working. I hope it does work though.. lol

  • http://Website bindo

    I have it installed by removing the stock talk by using Nitrality app and then with cwm i installed this zip file.
    Everything is working fine except the camera is identifying the rear one and not the front.

    -Using Samsung Galaxy S international with 2.3.3 JVK

  • http://Website angle

    i like this application.

  • http://Website Mahesh Polkam

    Does this work for HTC HD2. please confirm..

  • http://Website Jp

    Hello,

    I installed the APK and it works but it is locked in to the rear camera.
    the user on the other side does not see the video from the mobile.
    Voice is good.

    Samsung Galaxy 7 P1000
    running 2.3.3 where the camera issue should have been resolved
    Oh the Galaxy S is the same exact device except smaller.
    Voila….

    It will take months before Samsung puts out the 2.3.4 update…. Excellent job… But if we could get this camera issue resolved. It would be perfect

  • http://www.gooogle.com anurag

    it is tooo good

  • http://Website Prasath
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  • http://Website jesus lives in my brain

    millions comments

  • http://Website Benfarah
  • http://googleu. tisha

    Why can’t we just push a button.

  • gauri kapadne

    i want to do talk & video chat through gtalk on samsang Galaxy mobile..pls guide me

    • Sonaul

      Gtalk will allow to do video chat only when your phone is on WiFi, andriod doesn’t as yet allow 3G/4G video calling via gtalk ….. but better option for video chat is Skype !! works with WiFi as well as 3G/4G :P

  • Girl_25

    yes a new android chat under http://www.supondo.com

  • Cherie Webster

    What happends if you have it on your phone??? and it doesn’t come up!!!??? how do you navigate it???

  • sabin

    Hi, i have an alcatel ot 990 with gingerbread 2.3.4, i rooted it, installed the gtalk, video got enabled, but when i start a video chat, it goes to a black screen, dosent make call and comes back to contact. i think it may be cause i am using mobile data. so i used sqlite to edit com.google.android.gsf and i couldnt even find the entry “‘gtalk_vc_wifi_only’”. what should i do..please help.

  • saba
  • malcolm

    Can a samsung 8.9 tablet become a telephone
    Does it have rooted software

  • luluhaneef
  • 4myint

    Google talk

  • kamrul islam

    google talk

  • somyksn

    hello gtalk

  • Scott

    Will this work on my samsung illusion

  • Scott

    I mean video talk on my samsung illusion, will this work on my phone

  • thluainu

    I mean video call from gtalk

  • pbk
  • madhu

    ok………………………

  • DIESEL1361
  • RaJeevan kk

    Haai Happy New Year

  • shanaya mehra
  • khinthawdar2012
  • khinthawdar2012
  • shoukathcms
  • silver lay
  • sabithapg
  • zinwaimg

    i like this software for andriod phone

  • Girl20s
  • Khaing Soe Linn Khaing (Mr.Khaing)

    So used to for me that I like.

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  • sajitha

    How to down load google talk on galaxy a5?
    How to call from google talk to international mobile number?

  1. secondGuest 4 years ago

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

  2. heldrosGuest 4 years ago

    Can the Nexus one on 2.3.4 be rooted ?

  3. deanGuest 4 years ago

    i wouldn’t recommend flashing this way — i would just flash manually through your specific recovery. This way tends to Wipe your phone & flash it as a ROM. Had to load Nandroid.

  4. @neidlingerGuest 4 years ago

    Downloading and testing.

    The other ones on @XDA do not work. hopefully this one will.

    and yes i’m using a 2.3.4 ROM.

  5. joshGuest 4 years ago

    dang it! can’t we edit the titled to include Rooted? i was way too excited to open this page to read “those of you with a rooted Android…” sadness.

    ah. this & the delayed Thunderbolt RUU OTA are just pushing me towards rooting.

  6. sctGuest 4 years ago

    Installed it and tested. Tried calling someone with a CR-48 and someone else who flashed this (we are both on EVO’s). Neither of us could see us calling each other. Doesn’t appear to be working. (Maybe I am doing something wrong?)

    • CarloGuest 4 years ago

      The camera on the Evo doesn’t seem to be working. I talked with someone on a computer. I could see them but they couldn’t see me. I didn’t use this method to install the new Google Talk but I was able to get it working a different way

  7. TelemaniakaGuest 4 years ago

    On HTC Dream the app itself works but voice and video don’t ( T_T)

  8. teleknEsisGuest 4 years ago

    This zip won’t flash on my G2x:

    E:Error in /sdcard/talk1.3.update-signed.zip
    (Status 0)
    Installation aborted.

    FAIL!

  9. deanGuest 4 years ago

    teleknEsis: that file doesn’t install for me either — I have a working one on my dropbox.

    Confirmed working: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2491230/talk1-1.3.update-signed.zip

  10. craigGuest 4 years ago

    didn’t work on my nexus s, cyanogen 7.0.2-NS

  11. MarkGuest 4 years ago

    Wow….talk about obvious flame baiting. You should frame the titles of your articles to more accurately reflect its contents. I know blog hits and Google hits are precious to you but lying to do so is just low.

    • MichaelGuest 4 years ago

      I know! I saw the title of the article and I immediately thought, “Hey! I’ll bet that means even my G1 can handle it!”

      Boy, did I feel like a jerk when I found out that they didn’t mean EVERY phone could pull it off!

    • MarkGuest 4 years ago

      Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

      • theboshGuest 4 years ago

        ya ok go outside and try facetime let me know how that goes… gtalk works over cell data

        • Doosh baguetteGuest 4 years ago

          theres also a free file tweak for iOS that makes facetime work over 3g and any network even tmobile. Like you said, I enjoy using facetime outside

      • domi1Guest 4 years ago

        I ditched my iPhone 3Gs which is a lot better than your crappy 3G for the Samsung Galaxy S and couldn’t be happier…
        You’re just a noob Apple troll sheep

  12. AndyGuest 4 years ago

    Should make it clear that it’s a bit pointless if you don’t have a front facing camera…

  13. Peter_LangGuest 4 years ago

    so it doesn’t work at all? i want to know before i flash this…

  14. AndyGuest 4 years ago

    It works pretty good on an Evo on CM7. The biggest issue was I wasn’t able to get video from the phone to the comp, but i could see the comp vid from my evo. Sound works, camera switching works, text messages through gchat work while video calling, and the orientation changes from portrait to landscape automatically. Can’t wait till CM7.1 comes out and this thing works flawlessly, way better quality than other vid chat apps.

  15. Name (required)Guest 4 years ago

    Why would you even think it would work without a FFC? In order to use video chat, calling etc, you must have one, so why wouldnt you think you’d need one for this? If you need to be told this you probably shouldnt be doing it.

    • Willard PotterGuest 4 years ago

      I almost hate to agree with y ou on this… lol Though, it wouldn’t be a bad home option to angle the rear camera at yourself and the screen at a mirror…. lmao I can’t be the only one to think of that. Just saying.

      But. yeah… Front Facing Camera is kind of an obvious pre-requisite that shouldn’t need to be said. If it were as easy as pulling an APK and installing manually, we’d have had this day 1. Still.. it’s something that they decided to do this way. They’re doing it for a reason, sometimes. People are going to install it this way and get pissed at Google directly for it not working. I hope it does work though.. lol

  16. bindoGuest 4 years ago

    I have it installed by removing the stock talk by using Nitrality app and then with cwm i installed this zip file.
    Everything is working fine except the camera is identifying the rear one and not the front.

    -Using Samsung Galaxy S international with 2.3.3 JVK

  17. angleGuest 4 years ago

    i like this application.

  18. Mahesh PolkamGuest 4 years ago

    Does this work for HTC HD2. please confirm..

  19. JpGuest 4 years ago

    Hello,

    I installed the APK and it works but it is locked in to the rear camera.
    the user on the other side does not see the video from the mobile.
    Voice is good.

    Samsung Galaxy 7 P1000
    running 2.3.3 where the camera issue should have been resolved
    Oh the Galaxy S is the same exact device except smaller.
    Voila….

    It will take months before Samsung puts out the 2.3.4 update…. Excellent job… But if we could get this camera issue resolved. It would be perfect

  20. anuragGuest 4 years ago

    it is tooo good

  21. PrasathGuest 4 years ago

    Comment

  22. fredrick paulGuest 4 years ago

    Comment

  23. jesus lives in my brainGuest 4 years ago

    millions comments

  24. BenfarahGuest 4 years ago

    Comment

  25. tishaGuest 4 years ago

    Why can’t we just push a button.

  26. gauri kapadneGuest 3 years ago

    i want to do talk & video chat through gtalk on samsang Galaxy mobile..pls guide me

    • SonaulGuest 3 years ago

      Gtalk will allow to do video chat only when your phone is on WiFi, andriod doesn’t as yet allow 3G/4G video calling via gtalk ….. but better option for video chat is Skype !! works with WiFi as well as 3G/4G :P

  27. Girl_25Guest 3 years ago

    yes a new android chat under http://www.supondo.com

  28. Cherie WebsterGuest 3 years ago

    What happends if you have it on your phone??? and it doesn’t come up!!!??? how do you navigate it???

  29. sabinGuest 3 years ago

    Hi, i have an alcatel ot 990 with gingerbread 2.3.4, i rooted it, installed the gtalk, video got enabled, but when i start a video chat, it goes to a black screen, dosent make call and comes back to contact. i think it may be cause i am using mobile data. so i used sqlite to edit com.google.android.gsf and i couldnt even find the entry “‘gtalk_vc_wifi_only’”. what should i do..please help.

  30. malcolmGuest 3 years ago

    Can a samsung 8.9 tablet become a telephone
    Does it have rooted software

  31. luluhaneefGuest 3 years ago
  32. 4myintGuest 3 years ago

    Google talk

  33. kamrul islamGuest 3 years ago

    google talk

  34. somyksnGuest 3 years ago

    hello gtalk

  35. ScottGuest 3 years ago

    Will this work on my samsung illusion

  36. ScottGuest 3 years ago

    I mean video talk on my samsung illusion, will this work on my phone

  37. thluainuGuest 2 years ago

    I mean video call from gtalk

  38. pbkGuest 2 years ago
  39. madhuGuest 2 years ago

    ok………………………

  40. DIESEL1361Guest 2 years ago

    HELOOOO

  41. RaJeevan kkGuest 2 years ago

    Haai Happy New Year

  42. shanaya mehraGuest 2 years ago
  43. khinthawdar2012Guest 2 years ago
  44. khinthawdar2012Guest 2 years ago
  45. shoukathcmsGuest 2 years ago
  46. silver layGuest 2 years ago
  47. sabithapgGuest 2 years ago
  48. zinwaimgGuest 2 years ago

    i like this software for andriod phone

  49. Khaing Soe Linn Khaing (Mr.Khaing)Guest 1 year ago

    So used to for me that I like.

  50. Vanel marcel vilnordGuest 2 months ago
  51. sajithaGuest 2 months ago

    How to down load google talk on galaxy a5?
    How to call from google talk to international mobile number?