If you’ve ever wanted to contact an establishment from a Google search result, but didn’t have the time to wait for an email or the attention for a phone call, then Google has just what you need: Hangouts.
Without question, Pushbullet is one of the most useful and powerful applications available. Pushbullet is all about convenience. The app seamlessly pushes content and notifications between computers, phones, and tablets. For the last few months, users were able to reply to messages from a mobile device’s stock messaging app. Earlier today, Pushbullet announced the extention of messaging support to some of the world’s best services.
Google is ready to put the final nail in the coffin of their Google Talk messaging platform as all remaining users will be forced to switch to Hangouts if they want to stick with Google or find a whole new platform from some other provider. The change will take place on February 16th when Google Talk is shutdown for good.
This move is not surprising as Google has been nudging users over to Hangouts for a while now and pulled the app from the Play Store. If some new user happened to stumble across Google Talk while searching for a messaging platform, Google made sure to redirect them to information about Hangouts.
Google originally launched Helpouts so users could give live technical assistance over Google Hangouts, which was a great and unique way to use the instant messaging service. Now it looks like the company is utilizing the Helpouts platform to sell Android and Chrome products to potential buyers.
The program is still in a testing phase, but customers can jump into a live stream to learn about and discuss products, including Google phones and tablets and Chromebooks, although it doesn’t include things like Nest and Google Glass, at least for the time being. The chat agents can answer questions to help you pick out what device is right for you, and they can even help you with some basic troubleshooting in case you run into issues with your devices.
This is the sort of stuff that makes me want to hug programmers and engineers. Google and Microsoft are both hard at work rolling out updates to Hangouts and Skype, respectively, that will allow for real-time translation in a video call.
Today’s update to Google’s Hangouts Dialer app now let’s you select the app to place a call when you click on phone number links inside of other apps, like Google Maps or Search. You can choose to use the option once or make it your default dialer app.
Another feature of this update will allow you to add people or places to your contacts from your Hangouts Dialer call history.
Google has just updated its Hangouts app for both the Chrome and Windows operating systems. This upgrade brings users the facility to receive desktop notifications, as well as the ability to place voice calls via the newly-implemented phone tab. If you have a Google Voice number, you can also send SMS messages to your contacts directly from the desktop app.
Google updated their Hangouts app today with a handful of tweaks and a Material Design look. It looks like there were a few more new features included in the update that fell under the radar, though.
The Hangouts team has been working really hard lately, and today we can see the fruits of their labor. The app has been updated to 2.5.81587410 and is going live in the Play Store as we speak.
Emoticons are cool, but now you have another option with stickers. Google has added 16 sticker packs (with many more to com) giving you new ways to express yourself.
Today, you can share a file from Google Drive while taking part in a Hangouts video call. It seems like this feature should have existed for quite some time already, but only now is it available. You will never have to leave the conversation. Hangouts video calls will have a dedicated button within the chat window for file sharing. When the file is attached and shared, a preview appears in the chat window.
Here are the directions provided by Google:
- In the video call window’s left side, click the chat icon.
- Click the Drive picker icon, and choose the file you want to share with other people in the video call. Or you can paste the link to the file directly in the chat. Keep in mind that if they don’t have permissions to the file, you’ll need to ive the people access to the file.
- People in the video call can open the file from the video call’s chat in a new browser tab if they have permission to access it.
The update is rolling out over the next few days; therefore, do not be surprised if it has not appeared just yet. Have patience and, before you know it, the Google Drive file sharing button will be there.
Source: +Google for Work