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This article was published on September 17, 2010

New image enhancements come to Google video chat via Labs

New image enhancements come to Google video chat via Labs
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Brad McCarty

A music and tech junkie who calls Nashville home, Brad is the Director TNW Academy. You can follow him on Twitter @BradMcCarty. A music and tech junkie who calls Nashville home, Brad is the Director TNW Academy. You can follow him on Twitter @BradMcCarty.

If you’ve not yet used video chat in Gmail, then you’re really missing out. However, even as much of a fan as I am, I can see room for improvements. The new features, it seems, will really help to provide some better image enhancements to all users sometime soon. For now, though, you can check them out through Gmail Labs.

According to the Gmail Blog, here’s a before and after of the image enhancement product:

There is a caveat to the service, however. Both you and whomever you’re chatting with will need to have the Lab function turned on:

The higher resolution video uses a new playback mechanism which enables widescreen VGA and frees up valuable resources on your computer. For it to work, both you and the person you’re chatting with will need to have the lab turned on. Remember that you can always revert to standard video chat by disabling the lab.

Give it a shot, and let us know what you think. So far, it looks great.