Google has updated their Hangouts app in Chrome with several new UI tweaks, bringing it more in line with how things look on Android. The material design influence is very apparent, and they’ve implemented a tabbed view for checking your recent conversations, active conversations, and the Hangouts dialer. Read more
Google Plus user Florian Kiersch has stumbled upon a new product that Google may be working on called GMeet. The application appears to be an online conferencing solution, possibly built on top of Google’s Hangouts platform. There is not much information available about what GMeet can do since it appears Google is limiting access to their own staff, but it looks like it might be similar to services like GoToMeeting or WebEx. Read more
Those who use Hangouts for phone calls on the desktop will want to listen up. Those who have moved away from using the platform for making phone calls due to its performance will be happy to know that Google has updated Hangouts on the desktop to enhance performance.
We’re not sure exactly when this feature launched, but it appears that you can now use your voice through Google Now to send a Hangouts Message. All you need to say is, “Send a Hangouts message” or “Send a chat message”. You can also add a name to streamline it as in “Send a Hangouts message to Jodie” or even add the message is in “Send a Hangouts message to Jodie What do you want for dinner?”.
Google recently introduced a feature for Google Apps customers that allows them to easily invite guests to join a video call by simply sharing a link instead of actually inviting a specific person through their email account. It’s a useful feature that simplifies group video chats, especially in a work situation. Read more
Right now, an update is being pushed to the Hangouts app for Android devices that brings with it minor changes in a few areas.
In an effort to boost Google+, Google announced that it will be splitting the service into two distinct services in a recent reorganization. Not only that, but it looks like product VP Bradley Horowitz will lead the newly reorganized Google+ endeavor. He will oversee the split with it dividing into Streams and Photos. This comes off a recent interview with Android and Chrome head, Sundar Pichai.
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. Read more
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. Read more