Google Hangouts

  • Google Hangouts Is Now A Dedicated App For Chrome OS And Windows PCs

    Google Hangouts Is Now A Dedicated App For Chrome OS And Windows PCs

    Google wants to make it easier and faster for customers to use its free video and voice chat service Hangouts, which is why this morning it is rolling out a new Hangouts Chrome App for Chrome OS and Windows PCs. (No word yet on Mac support). The app lets you use Hangouts alongside whatever else you’re doing on your computer, instead of having Hangouts buried within a sea of browser tabs. Read More

  • Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

    Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

    For the last few years, it has always felt like Google Voice, the company’s VoIP calling solution, was on its way out. Instead, the video-centric Hangouts was getting all of the attention. But fret not, Google tells me that it is “growing its investment in Google Voice” and starting today, it will integrate Voice and Hangouts with the launch of its redesigned Hangouts apps… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Action Items

    Gillmor Gang: Action Items

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Semil Shah, Danny Sullivan, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — played the latest favorite game of the Mobility Addicted. It’s called Lock Screen, and some of us think it’s where the early adopters meet the great unvarnished Silent Majority. Forget clicks or swipes or doing anything; it’s all about glancing. What this means… Read More

  • UberConference Now Lets You Join Google Hangouts By Phone

    UberConference Now Lets You Join Google Hangouts By Phone

    Shortly after Google launched Hangouts, it also started allowing you to add participants by dialing their phone numbers right from Hangouts. Even today, though, you can’t dial into a Hangout. Thanks to TC Disrupt alum UberConference, though, you can now do just that. The company is launching its integration with Google+ Hangouts today. Once you have installed the UberConference app… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Context Matters

    Gillmor Gang: Context Matters

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — took out their devices and slapped them down on the table. By any measurement, the Context Wars are well under way. But neither Apple or particularly Google seem to realize what Twitter does — that notifications are the way to roll up both armies in the battle for user… Read More

  • Google Hangouts And Google Talk Bug Resulting In Messages Going Out To The Wrong Recipients

    Google Hangouts And Google Talk Bug Resulting In Messages Going Out To The Wrong Recipients

    A number of sources, including tipsters reporting directly to TechCrunch, as well as Google support forum posters and individuals on Twitter are reporting that Google’s Hangouts service is having some trouble routing instant messages correctly. The bug apparently sees messages sent via legacy Google Talk clients delivered to friends using Hangouts who weren’t addressed in the… Read More

  • Facebook Tries Letting You Message From Homepage Status Box To Battle Google Hangouts

    Facebook Tries Letting You Message From Homepage Status Box To Battle Google Hangouts

    Sources confirm Facebook will test the option to send private messages from its website’s homepage status composer to increase messaging rates. It will also help Facebook compete with Google, whose web chat presence is strong, and just combined its Gmail, Google+, and mobile chat systems into Hangouts. It’s a risky move, as users could accidentally post private messages as… Read More

  • Google+ Hangout App Scoot & Doodle Raises $2.25M Seed, From Valley Angels & Pearson, To Get More Kids Learning Through Play

    Google+ Hangout App Scoot & Doodle Raises $2.25M Seed, From Valley Angels & Pearson, To Get More Kids Learning Through Play

    Real-time creative collaboration startup, Scoot & Doodle, which piggybacks on Google+’s Hangouts feature as the arena for its learn-through-play app aimed at middle school age through to college students, has closed a $2.25 million seed round. The investment comes from unnamed Silicon Valley angels and educational publishing giant Pearson. Read More

  • Hangout With The A-List During Google’s Asian Pop Star Week

    Hangout With The A-List During Google’s Asian Pop Star Week

    Google announced today that it is kicking off A-Pop Star Week on March 8. The event will include Google+ Hangouts with C-, J-, and K-Pop singers (if you haven’t guessed, the letters stand for Chinese, Japanese and Korean) including Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, 2PM, flumpool, and Wang Leehom, all of whom are now taking questions on their linked YouTube promotional videos. An event calendar is up… Read More

  • The Best Part About Google+ Hangouts Is That The Technology Itself Completely Disappears

    The Best Part About Google+ Hangouts Is That The Technology Itself Completely Disappears

    One of the underlying features launched originally with the Google+ project was its video conferencing platform, Hangouts. It’s been a success from the perspective of user adoption and also grabbed a partnership for Google with the NFL. Video is an extremely tough space to tackle, just ask companies like Skype, Airtime and countless others. Nailing an intimate experience that supports two… Read More