Friday, December 10, 2010

Google voice and video v1.7

Today, we released the 1.7 update for the Google voice and video chat software. All current installations will automatically update within the next day or two. If you do not want to wait, you can visit and re-run the installer.

You can use your Gmail account to find out what version is currently installed. Simply go to the Gmail Settings page and look under the "Chat" tab. You will see the plugin version under the "Learn more" link, in small type.

Here's what's new:
  • Improved performance for networking and media processing, especially when the system is busy
  • Fixed issue that could cause crashes in Safari 5+
  • Fixed issue where frames could be dropped at call startup when using the Video chat enhancements Lab
  • Fixed an issue where video could fail to appear on OSX
  • Fixed issue where killing the Google Talk Plugin process could crash the browser process on some platforms
  • Various performance improvements for Atom CPUs
  • Added support for hotplugging and unplugging of webcams on Linux
  • For interoperability, added support for video bitrate to be specified via XMPP signaling
If you're on 1.7 and still having a problem, please take a look at the Google Chat Help Center, or report the issue on the Google Voice and Video Help Forum. You can also tweet @GoogleChat or @juberti, or email me using the "Email Justin" link above.