Chapter 8

Text Chat, Video Chat, and Phone Calls

In This Chapter

arrow Setting up Google+ Hangouts

arrow Chatting with friends

arrow Doing a video chat

arrow Typing to contacts on Skype

arrow Texting with Skype

arrow Using Skype to make phone calls

Not news: The Nexus 7 is not a phone. News: The Nexus 7 can be used to place phone calls. Heck, it even does video phone calls. The secret is to know which apps to use. These apps convert your tablet — and its front-facing camera — into the same communications device they promised in the 21st century: the picture phone.

Let’s Hang Out

One of the ways that you can fool your Nexus 7 into acting more like a phone is to use the app called Hangouts. It does text chat and video chat. The only downside to the app is that you can communicate only with your friends who have Google accounts.

The Hangouts app is a reincarnation of the Google Talk app. Most of the things you could do ...

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