Google (s goog) video chat is a popular chat applications, but until recently, users were constrained to chatting on their PCs whenever they wanted to use it. That is, until Vtok came along. For users on the go, Vtok offered a way to video chat with their GTalk friends on the iPhone.
Now SkyMobius — the tiny app maker behind Vtok — has improved on the experience, with a new universal iOS app (s aapl) that even allows users to video chat with GTalk friends using the iPad 2. Now available on the iTunes App Store, the latest version of the Vtok app takes advantage of the larger screen and front-facing camera on the second generation of Apple’s tablet. That means Vtok has a new (and growing) group of potential users.
The update is also huge because it puts the app in a first-mover position among other mobile video chat services. The market has been heating up, with a number of players offering mobile apps that allow users to video chat with their friends on Wi-Fi, and even 3G mobile networks. But now SkyMobius, which is largely a one-man show, has already beaten Skype, Tango and Fring to releasing an iPad 2-optimized mobile video chat app. Other than Apple’s own FaceTime, none of the major consumer video chat services have released apps optimized for the tablet device.
In addition to iPad support, the latest version of the app also adds a few new features. The app now works in both portrait and landscape mode on the iPad and iPhone. The new version also enables users to switch between the speaker and an earpiece when using Vtok on an iPhone.
So what’s next for Vtok? In an email, SkyMobius founder Manpreet Singh said that he is now hard at work on a version of the app for Android mobile devices. “The Android version of the app is experiencing some delays but remains top priority after this,” Singh wrote. Once an Android app is completed, the majority of smartphone users will be able to tap into their GTalk accounts for video chat.