Google Hangouts

  • Google goes after Slack and splits Hangouts into Chat and Meet

    Google goes after Slack and splits Hangouts into Chat and Meet

    Google’s messaging strategy can be confusing, but if there’s one thing that’s clear after today’s Cloud Next keynote, it’s that the company is doubling down on the idea that Hangouts is its enterprise product and Allo/Duo are its consumer communications apps. Read More

  • Google Hangouts API gets hung out to dry

    Google Hangouts API gets hung out to dry

    Draw with your face? Conference call ping pong? Not any more. Google today quietly revealed that it will shut down the Hangouts API, preventing new apps from being built and shutting off existing apps on April 25th. There was no blog post about this, just an updated FAQ and email notification to developers active on the API, forwarded to us by one of these devs. Some examples of experiences… Read More

  • Google buys Sweden’s Limes Audio to boost Hangouts voice quality

    Google buys Sweden’s Limes Audio to boost Hangouts voice quality

    In a blog post, Google announced the acquisition of Limes Audio, a Swedish company that focuses on improving the quality of voice calls. The 10-year-old company, headquartered in Umeå, Sweden, also has offices in Stockholm and Palo Alto. The acquisition isn’t Google’s first time shopping around in the Swedish startup community. In 2007, Google acquired Swedish communications… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger launches 6-screen group video chat with selfie masks

    Facebook Messenger launches 6-screen group video chat with selfie masks

    Teen app sensation Houseparty will get some competition as Facebook Messenger is launching its own split-screen group video chat feature. Six users can appear in split-screen at the time and don Snapchat-style selfie masks, while 50 total can listen and talk over voice while sending text, stickers, emojis, and GIFs. The feature could make a Messenger a place to “livechill”… Read More

  • Allo brings Google’s smarts to messaging

    Allo brings Google’s smarts to messaging

    Google first announced Allo and Duo, its new messaging and video chat apps, at its I/O developer conference earlier this year. Duo launched about a month ago and today it’s Allo’s turn. With Allo, Google is combining everything it has learned from its previous messaging products with the company’s machine learning smarts. Indeed, Allo marks the first time you’ll be… Read More

  • Hangouts On Air moving from Google+ to YouTube Live on September 12

    Hangouts On Air moving from Google+ to YouTube Live on September 12

    Google announced today that Hangouts On Air will move from Google+ to YouTube Live on September 12; users will be asked to migrate to YouTube Live. In an email to TechCrunch, Google confirmed that Hangouts on Air isn’t shutting down, but will move to YouTube Live. “We’re focusing our live streaming efforts on YouTube Live and consolidating our services there,”… Read More

  • Slack voice calling arrives on desktop

    Slack voice calling arrives on desktop

    Slack was being cheeky when yesterday it said voice chat would start testing “very, very soon”. Today the new “Calls” feature starting rolling out on Slack for desktop and on the Chrome browser. It lets you start a private Slack Call or launch a conference call in a channel that anyone can join with a click. And in keeping with Slack’s lighthearted style, once… Read More

  • Paris Attacks Highlight Tech’s Elevated Role In Disaster Relief

    Paris Attacks Highlight Tech’s Elevated Role In Disaster Relief

    As terror attacks put France into a national state of emergency on Friday, AirBnB, Facebook, Google, Skype, Twitter and Uber launched into disaster response mode. AirBnB contacted all hosts in Paris asking if they could take in those stranded in the city. Facebook let users alert their friends they were safe. Google offered free calls to Paris via Hangouts, as did Skype, Verizon and Sprint. Read More