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Re: TV with Google hangout app.
That's a good question, both for your favorite electronics shops (they should know both the available apps and the compatible hardware for what they sell) and for Googles customer support (Google should write that app).
What did they answer when you asked them?
They don't know
You really want to know ... they don't know, I contacted the following
this one was the best answer so far (which I had already thought of as it looks like the only real solution to the issue)
- we don't know but if you ask for a manager guarantee that if when I get the TV home I could not use Google Hangouts via the Google Play app they would take the TV back
go figure - I think it's customer service for cave people and I told him
Samsung technical support
- they apologised but could not advise if any of their tvs would work with Google talk or any other way of doing video calls
Two major UK high street electronics retailers (Currys and John Lewis) both with pre sales support
-both told me to talk to contact tv producers as they did not know the answer
so here I am at CNET
Essentially we are being expected to buy things and just work it out on our own - pot luck
Anyone who has the time who is actually using Google Talk via their TV /the Google play app please get in touch, I'd really appreciate any help.
I think I can Chromecast but that's going via a pc and I'm not sure how effective that would be as I'd be talking to the PC and using the pc webcam - I want to use a tv web cam (by the way it's for online teaching purposes)
This area is in a state of change.
So there are no known alternatives that work without an added box or PC.
Google Hangouts works fine on my 99 buck cell phone which has no cell service. So there are cheap non-PC solutions out there.
But since these TVs are closed eco systems we can't load an app and use it.
Smart TVs that aren't so smart
yeh well to my mind that's the problem... technology is not about advancement it's about what sells .... I'm in the minority.
According to another Samsung tech support person I called, he thinks Samsung will contract someone else to make the software necessary to do video calls on their tvs they just haven't done it yet. Bad change management maybe ...but I'm not convinced.
So smart tvs aren't so smart after all .. it's a sales wind up
At least it wasn't Samsung's choice to end Skype
And it's not shutdown yet. Why not keep using it until it dies?
The worst thing you could do is...
...think the TV marketplace now has a substitute for what a $200 laptop can do with a built in webcam and HDMI cable to your HDTV.
Stick with the above for tried and tested/extremely reliable educational applications that do not require much beyond reliable wifi to work really well. Been there- still doing that(!)
What are you precise educational needs that require the rogue HDTV setup w/ built in app??