Google adds remote desktop Hangouts to Google+

The Web giant rolls out a new feature that lets users remotely control their friends and family's computers while in a video Hangout.

Google's Daniel Caiafa is on a remote desktop Hangout. Google

Some people are simply more tech savvy than their friends and family and often end up offering advice on the ins and outs of computer use. But, this can be difficult when people don't live in the same city.

Google is attempting to help out folks in these situations with a new Google + Hangout feature. The Web giant announced Thursday that it is rolling out a Hangouts remote desktop, which is powered by the same technology as the Chrome Remote Desktop. The feature lets users video chat while troubleshooting.

"Hangouts Remote Desktop lets you help others by controlling their computer remotely (with their permission, of course)," Google software engineer Daniel Caiafa wrote in a blog post Thursday. "And because you're both in a Hangout, you can talk with and see each other during the session."

While this is a feature that most people probably won't use all of the time, it could be quite helpful in certain situations.

About the author

Dara Kerr, a freelance journalist based in the Bay Area, is fascinated by robots, supercomputers and Internet memes. When not writing about technology and modernity, she likes to travel to far-off countries.

 

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