Hangouts has been at the top of Google’s priorities lately. The recently pushed 7.0 update brought some nice new features and a ton of small fixes. Google is looking to take things to the next stage now by significantly improving audio and video quality.
Google wants users to be able to share great experiences over Hangouts, and where better to start than call quality. Considering that Google can’t change the quality of everyone’s camera and microphone they use for Hangouts, Google pans to create a direct peer-to-peer connection, which could potentially help improve voice/video quality drastically.
Google is always looking to better people’s experiences through the use of their services while keeping it safe at the same time. Unfortunately, with the direct peer-to-peer connection, security and privacy are a major concern. This is because each member’s IP address is up for show during the call. Google knows that one’s IP address needs to remain confidential because of the dangers that can take place if one gets possession of another’s. Let’s hope Google can come up with a solution.
The additions are making way to the Android version of Hangouts already. Those on iOS haven’t gotten the capability just yet. For now, it might be a good idea to only chat with people you know would cause no harm. We’ll keep you posted if we hear more.