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I'd like to use Google Talk/Video with having the full gmail or igoogle interface displayed. The ideal setup would be the lightweight popout interface (link below) in a small Fluid.app single instance browser as a stand-alone desktop app.

If I log into GMail, the chat sidebar has a phone icon so I can use Google Voice, and a camera icon next to me and some of my contacts.

If I log into iGoogle, the chat sidebar has a camera next to me and some contacts, but no phone.

I would like to have video chat (and perhaps the phone option) elsewhere. Google provides a chat talkgadget popout URL: http://talkgadget.google.com/talkgadget/popout but there is no phone or camera icon accessible.

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You can use the Google Talk Chrome Extension, which supports audio calls (including Google Voice).

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You can get voice and video support in Pidgin but no phone support. The phone thingy IIRC doesn't have an API yet and is being clogged down as it is (with over 1 million calls in 24 hours) so I don't think Google is ready to let anyone else into the deal yet.

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To clarify (from what I can remember): Pidgin only supports video/voice chat on Linux currently. They're working on support for Windows, but it's not ready yet. Pidgin isn't available for OS X, although iChat does have video chatting support for contacts also using iChat. – nhinkle Sep 18 '10 at 17:20
Adium is available on OSX, which is based on the same purple library. – digitxp Sep 19 '10 at 0:14

Your tags say that you're on a Mac. Are the people you want to video chat with also on Macs?

If yes: have you thought about using iChat? My experience is that text chatting works just fine with GTalk. If your contacts are also using GTalk via iChat, they'll show up in your iChat contact list with the video icon, so you can video chat with them as well.

Sorry, you won't have access to Google Voice this way (or at least not that I can figure out).

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Comment by @BlazingFrog: @ Dori, text chatting with your Google ID will work fine in iChat but not video chatting. – Ivo Flipse Sep 18 '10 at 17:52
@BlazingFrog @Ivo (or whoever this was) - did you try this with both sides using iChat with their GTalk accounts? Did both sides show the video icon in iChat? What happened when you (or the other side) chose "Invite to video chat"? Did you try audio? Were both sides running 10.6? – Dori Sep 18 '10 at 22:14

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