Google is going high definition with its video chat.
As Chew Chew writes:
connect with friends and family in high res with hd hangouts! we are rolling hd out to hangouts on air initially, then to all desktop hangout video calls over the next few weeks.
hd hangouts require an hd-capable webcam, more bandwidth and more processing power than standard definition. so if your computer and network are capable, turn the quality up to hd!
You will be able to go up to 720p for video chats now.
As someone who uses this feature this is wonderful news!!