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Get Google Talk 1.3 For Your Android Phone

According to XDAdevelopers, Google Talk 1.3 has surfaced along with the new Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread operating system. With the new Google Talk, Google has also a new Gmail IM that supports video calling! Now, we’re talking! It feels like Android is getting one step closer to the iPhone each and every time, while avoiding trips to the Apple Store to get the unit fixed. A member from XDA, named britoso, has come up with a way to get the new Google Talk 1.3 on any Gingerbread Android device, by performing the following root. You must begin by uninstalling the original Talk app and push the new one with adb. Here’s his post on how to go through the process:

[APP][ROOT] Google Talk 1.3 (Video/Audio)
This is the new Google talk from the Nexus S update yesterday.
Needs: 2.3+ and root.
What I did:
Deodexed, made a one line comment in the smali, recompiled, pushed…works!!!
File edited:
Deleted line (#1141):
invoke-interface {v4}, Lcom/google/android/gtalkservice/IImSession;->logout()V
To install:
adb remount
adb shell mv /system/app/Talk.apk /system/app/Talk.apk1
adb uninstall com.google.android.talk
adb push libtalk_jni.so /system/lib/
adb push Talk2.apk /system/app
The general response is that the extracted app works, but there does appear to be the occasional issue when it comes to the phone detecting the camera to use for calls. Disregarding that, if this is something you’d like to try, head on over the to the original thread and install the apk. -Britoso

For all you programmers, hackers, tinkerers out there, definitely let us know if you’ve tried this out and more importantly, if it’s worth the process!

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