Category: Communication

    Hangouts

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    • Vendor: Google Inc.
    • Version: 2.1.311
    • Price: Free

    Microsoft has Skype. Apple has Facetime and iMessage. And for Google? It's Hangouts. A singular app for instant messages, text messages, group chat and voice or video calls. If you've never used it, it's actually a pretty compelling service. Seamlessly integrated in to Android and Chrome OS. There's an extension for using in the Chrome browser on desktops. You can use it on iOS. All you need is a device and a Google account.

    That's also one of the drawbacks, though, just like every other platform. It's a silo, confined to itself. Hangouts doesn't talk to Skype. Doesn't talk to Facetime. Both you and your friends have to have it. And if they're using BlackBerry or Windows Phone, they're simply out of luck.

    But if you use Hangouts, you know of its power. It's simple to chat with groups of people. Easy to see who's read your message and who hasn't.

    And if you want to broadcast a group chat for the world to see, it's time for Hangouts on Air. It's tied into YouTube. Just fire it up, chat away, and when you're done, it automatically uploads. (It's what we use for the Android Central Podcast, actually.

    Hangouts is still young, and it's still growing. We're waiting for it to integrate with Google Voice. And so we wait and see what Google has in mind Hangouts next.

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    Google Voice can now handle website calls via Hangouts without Google+

    Google has just revealed that web surfers can make Google Voice calls via Hangouts without the need for a Google+ account, in the latest move towards an eventual merge of Google Voice and Hangouts. Alex Wiesen of Google announced the new feature his his own Google+ account, saying that this...
    Google Hangouts for Android

    Hangouts 2.1 merging conversations, brings a widget to the party

    There's a new version of Google Hangouts on the way, and it's going to bring some substantial improvements. Version 2.1 of Hangouts for Android's biggest change is going to be in the way that it handles conversations with the same person over multiple channels. Currently if, say, I'm conversing...
    Google wants Hangouts to be good enough for your company

    Google promises to make Hangouts a reliable tool for business

    Google Hangouts has had a significant batch of updates for enterprise users. Hangouts are now supported just the same as all of the other Google Apps for Business, which includes terms of service, certifications, and 99.9% guaranteed uptime. Third-party solutions providers now have a bunch of...
    Android

    Google's latest acquisitions push forward in mobile chat and video advertising

    Earlier this week Google confirmed two small acquisitions — Directr and Emu. Both of them should help push the company's mobile and advertising agenda forward. Let's start with Directr, a movie-making app that is being absorbed into YouTube. If you take a look at the company's website you'll see...

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    Android

    Google's latest acquisitions push forward in mobile chat and video advertising

    Earlier this week Google confirmed two small acquisitions — Directr and Emu. Both of them should help push the company's mobile and advertising agenda forward. Let's start with Directr, a movie-making app that is being absorbed into YouTube. If you take a look at the company's website you'll see...
    Google wants Hangouts to be good enough for your company

    Google promises to make Hangouts a reliable tool for business

    Google Hangouts has had a significant batch of updates for enterprise users. Hangouts are now supported just the same as all of the other Google Apps for Business, which includes terms of service, certifications, and 99.9% guaranteed uptime. Third-party solutions providers now have a bunch of...
    Google Voice

    Google Voice can now handle website calls via Hangouts without Google+

    Google has just revealed that web surfers can make Google Voice calls via Hangouts without the need for a Google+ account, in the latest move towards an eventual merge of Google Voice and Hangouts. Alex Wiesen of Google announced the new feature his his own Google+ account, saying that this...
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    Google Hangouts video calls in Chrome won't require plugin anymore

    All Chrome web browser users will be able to access video chats in Google Hangouts without the need to download a plugin, although it will take a little while for this feature to be fully implemented. The announcement was made today by Google software engineer Victoria Kirst, who stated:...
    Google Hangouts

    Hangouts update adds custom notification sounds for each chat

    Hangouts is receiving a small update today, and while the changelog hasn't been updated on the Play Store just yet there are a few small differences we're noticing. First up is a new "hidden contacts" area of the settings separate from the "blocked people," giving you a way to hide folks from...
    Google Hangouts in Outlook running on Internet Explorer

    Outlook users can now join Hangouts with new Google plug-in

    Google has now released a plugin for Google Apps apps user who also use Microsoft Outlook allowing them to use Google Hangouts to do a video conference call. Users can now initiate or join a Google Hangouts call directly within Outlook's mail or calendar functionality if they also have a Google...
    Google Hangouts for Android

    Hangouts 2.1 merging conversations, brings a widget to the party

    There's a new version of Google Hangouts on the way, and it's going to bring some substantial improvements. Version 2.1 of Hangouts for Android's biggest change is going to be in the way that it handles conversations with the same person over multiple channels. Currently if, say, I'm conversing...
    Moto 360

    Motorola to host live Hangout on Air to talk Moto 360 design

    Tune in Wednesday, March 19 to watch Jim Wicks talk about the design of the new wearable Motorola just dropped the bombshell of Moto 360 on us moments ago, and now we'll have a better idea of how it was designed tomorrow with a Hangout on Air hosted by lead designer Jim Wicks. The Hangout will...
    UberConference

    New UberConference integration lets you call in to Hangouts from a phone

    Sometimes you need to be a part of a Hangout, and all you have is a phone line Video and phone conference service UberConference has just released a new Hangouts app that lets anyone call into a hangout from any phone. Hangouts have naturally been limited to just devices that could run the...
    Hangouts

    Hangouts app updated with fixes for SMS and MMS

    Users experiencing messaging bugs hopefully get their fix Big G has pushed out a small update for the Hangouts app today, and while the change log is short, it looks to be exactly what more than a few have been waiting for. What's New (2.0.3) More fixes for sending/receiving MMS Fixed a...

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