Hangouts inside Messenger

The Google+ Android app has continued to evolve at a rapid pace. Back in September, Google added the functionality to be able to join a Hangout from any Android phone running Android 2.3 and up. One of the biggest frustrations, however, was not being able to initiative a Hangout from your mobile device. Google has finally brought that ability to the app by allowing you to start a Hangout from Messenger. If you've started a a Messenger group, you'll now see a camera icon that will initiate a Hangout with a simple tap.

Great features just keep coming. Google announced on their blog post that the app will update in the next few days, so keep your eyes out. They also announced that similar functionality will be brought to iOS so you'll be able to Hangout with your family and friends even if they have iPhones and iPads.

If you don't yet have the Google+ app, please find links to the free app after the break.

Source: Official Google Blog


Reader comments

Google+ update will allow you to initiate Hangouts from your phone


According to the article above: "Google announced on their blog post that the app will update in the next few days, so keep your eyes out."

any word if google+ will come out with an app for google TV? I have the Logitech Revue and just got it updated with the market and all but the problem is I cant hangout on it. It says there needs to be a plugin to allow it and it isnt compatible with google tv... you would think that google+ would be fully functional on google tv.

For gods sake they can make this app sit up and bark but they still have no option to delete a conversation in messanger. The stuff is there forever.

So you'll have to start it from Messenger? That defeats part of the purpose of the Hangouts feature (quick and impromptu video chatting) because you'll have to do the following:

1. Create a Messenger chat
2. Pick who to include in that Messenger chat
3. Start the Messenger chat
4. THEN start a Hangout which you might want to be open to more than that Messenger chat anyways

I hope that "starting it from Messenger" is just one of the ways and not the only way.

Google has put a lot of time and effort it Google+, but has neglected the most important thing: marketing! I still don't think the average person knows what Google+ is or that it even exists. Google needs to promote this (and Google Music) if they want to catch up to iOS.

Shhhhh! Don't tell them! I don't want my precious What's Hot section destroyed by posts about Jersey Shore or other pointless BS.