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.
Now that Google has finally rolled Voice into the existing Hangouts app, there are a few settings you may want to adjust for a better calling and texting experience.
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.
If you use Google Hangouts or you used to use Google Talk frequently, then you should enjoy the convenience of a chat and video-calling app.
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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.
Google's social network gets a new leader in Brad Horowitz, and likely will see the Hangouts communication service stand alone, too.
Taking a page from the quick sketch and annotation tools you can find on some smartphones, Google is adding these abilities to its Hangouts app -- but just in the Web version for now.