You can now use a dedicated Hangouts site for chatting with friends and hanging out.
The all-purpose app for text, video, and voice chat can now detect when people are trying to find each other in the real world and then help them meet up. Also new: stickers, video filters, and bigger ambitions at Google.
Days after saying it was in social for the "long haul," Google unveils new social software: a tool that lets Google+ users poll friends, and a Hangouts app for Chrome OS and Windows users.
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Users will now be able to place free calls from within Hangouts and will also see voicemail transcripts and messages from Google Voice show up in their Hangout listing.
The search giant is giving Google Apps customers access to its videoconferencing feature, no Google+ account needed.
A new option is added to the Hangouts app that lets users "migrate Google Voice to Hangouts." Could this be the death of Voice?
Moving toward Web standards reduces the inconvenience and security problems of browser plugins. But the new Hangouts software still uses Google's own Native Client plugin.
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Want to know who's messaging or calling you on Hangouts before you even look at your device? Check out these steps for changing the alert tones for each conversation.