Google revealed Hangouts, its unified text, video and multimedia messaging platform yesterday during its epic three hour I/O keynote, but while the platform pulls in Google Talk, Google+ and other sources, it was apparently missing SMS integration. Incorporating texts from your carrier is on the way, however, according to Hangouts and Chat community manager Dori Storbeck, who said as much in a… → Read More
Google+ Hangouts allow for groups of friends or colleagues have an intimate face-to-face conversation, but the “On Air” feature of the service allows you to broadcast to the masses. The President Of The United States Of America has taken part in these conversations, but anyone can set up their own. Today, the Hangouts team has introduced some new functionality that make participating… → Read More
Today, Google introduced a new app for one of its most popular products, Hangouts. While Hangouts let you chat with multiple people over video, there are those moments when someone makes a funny face, does something ridiculous or just makes you want to, well, capture something. This is a feature that is making its way into mobile devices, meaning the ability to shoot video and snap pics along the… → Read More
At the CSUN International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference this week, Google announced that it has added a number of accessibility to Chrome, Chrome OS, Gmail and Google Drive that should make using Google suites of web apps a bit easier to use for blind and low-vision users. In addition, Google also launched a new sign language interpreter app and keyboard shortcuts for… → Read More
Just before launching its latest general update to Google Hangouts, Google also recently announced that it is bringing its new group video chat tool to India. Just like in other countries, Google is replacing its current Gmail video chat system with Hangouts in India, allowing its users there to chat with up to 9 people at a time (or just have a 1:1 chat like before). → Read More
When you’re using Google+ Hangouts to broadcast, say, a live concert, there hasn’t been a way to make it full-screen for your wonderful viewers. Basically, it would show a big window with you in it, along with a smaller window under it. A full-screen option has been a long-requested feature, and the Hangouts team announced today that this has been added due to popular demand, much like… → Read More
I’ve always described Google’s social spine, Google+, as being personal rather than social. It’s a service for you to connect with people you already know, rather than being all about public sharing, like Twitter, which has its place in the world. → Read More
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 or more… → Read More
Today, Google’s Art Project added some new fun functionality that ties in Google+ features, and I think it’s something that will really kick-start the project into new territory. The two things are a Hangout app that’s getting more attention and a new feature that lets people compare paintings and artwork to one another, and it’s actually quite neat.
Google+ Hangouts are a great way to interact… → Read More
Today, the Google+ team shared some insight into a few tweaks that it’s made to the Hangouts experience over the last couple of months, as well as some new initiatives.
In a post on Google+, Chee Chew of Google discussed these improvements, which include the ability to block people, set a Hangout to 18+, and change a Hangout to public while it’s in progress. → Read More
More brands are gravitating towards Google’s social offering, Google+ as of late, and it looks like the latest comes from the high-end fashion realm.
During New York Fashion Week (NYFW), brands and fans will be able to participate in some pretty exclusive Hangouts and On Air Events being broadcast on YouTube. While I’m not a fashion fan, obvs, I can appreciate the ability to use technology to… → Read More
This piece of news comes wrapped up with quite a few bows-of-interest. If you’re familiar with how Google+ Hangouts work, then you’ll be interested to know that Steven Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be participating in one on September 13th at 4 PM PT.
If you’re a super movie buff, then you’ll be interested to know that the duo will be debuting the trailer for their latest film… → Read More
This was probably inevitable: Google today announced that it is replacing video chats in Gmail with Google+ Hangouts. The company first brought video chat to Gmail in 2008, but ever since the launch of Google+, it was only a matter of time before the company decided to replace its old video chat feature with Google+’s marquee group video chat tool. Hangouts, Google says, “utilize the power of… → Read More
Desperate to increase video chat usage, Facebook is testing out a “Call” button on top of people’s timeline profiles. I don’t think I’ve received a Facebook video chat since Facebook partnered with Skype to launch the feature a year ago, but now that might change. If a friend is online on the desktop version of Facebook, those in the test see a “Call” button next to that friends name on their… → Read More
This morning, Google officially rolled out Google+ Hangouts On Air to all users worldwide, following the feature’s limited introduction back in September. At the time of its initial release, this live broadcasting feature allowed top Google+ users (like celebs) to stream live video feeds directly to their Google+ fan base. The service kicked off with a Google+ Hangouts stream from will.i.am, but… → Read More
Aces Hangout is a new, in development product from the team at Hettema&Bergsten, which you may remember as the makers of the Twitter trend tracker, StrawberryJ.am. The online application brings a unique twist to online gambling, thanks to its integration with Google+’s multi-person video chat feature, Google+ Hangouts.
Unlike other video poker games, where users often play as online… → Read More