Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Google voice and video v1.2.0

Yesterday, we released the 1.2.0 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 http://www.google.com/chat/video 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 in version 1.2.0:
  • Changed audio handling to use the Core Audio sound subsystem on Windows when available (Windows Vista and later). This provides smoother audio streaming with lower delay.
  • Added support for the Windows 7 'Default communication device'. This allows you to use one device for music and sounds, but another device (e.g. a headset) for voice and video calls. For more information, see 7Tutorials' explanation of how to set up the default communication device.
  • Fixed a problem in initialization of the video subsystem that was causing a small but significant portion of calls to connect very slowly and eventually time out.
If you're on 1.2.0 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. As always, feel free to email me directly as well.