Google's Hangouts on Air heading to YouTubeStarting September 12, Hangouts on Air will leave Google's social network. Unfortunately, the new YouTube version doesn't have all the same functions.
Google Hangouts on Air is being kicked off of Google Plus. Google announced it is removing Hangouts on Air from its social network, Google Plus. Hangouts on air is a way for people to live stream video along with guests on Google Plus as well as YouTube. As of September 12th, Hangouts on Air functionality will be swallowed up by YouTube Live. Setting up a live broadcast on Google Plus is relatively simple. Head on over to plus.google.com/hangouts/onair then hit the Create a Hangouts On Air button. Write in some info and then you hit start. Google has documented a 6 step process to create a Youtube Live broadcast. However, the new version is missing a few features. The Youtube Live version of Hangouts On Air does not support Q&A. A feature that allowed a broadcaster to receive questions to answer. Instead, Google suggests using social networks to field questions. Additionally, the YouTube Live version does not support the Showcase feature. Showcase lets a host share links and other information without interrupting a broadcast. It makes sense for Google to move its video projects to YouTube. After all, YouTube's whole thing is video. Google seems to be shying away from Google+. A few days ago, Google confirmed a Google+ profile is no longer necessary to leave reviews on the Google Play store for Android. These aren't good signs for Google's social network, but the company probably isn't giving up on it just yet. That's it for this tech news update. I'm Iyaz Akhtar, and you can stay on top of the biggest stories at cnet.com/update.