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  • The days of Google Talk are over

    The days of Google Talk are over

    The days of Google Talk are quickly coming to an end. As the company announced today, the messaging service that allowed Gmail users to talk to each other since it launched in 2005, will now be completely retired. Read More

  • Google quietly launches Meet, an enterprise-friendly version of Hangouts

    Google quietly launches Meet, an enterprise-friendly version of Hangouts

    Google has quietly launched a new video conferencing application called Meet by Google Hangouts, which is designed for HD video meetings. The web and mobile application appears to be the latest addition to Google’s lineup of business products known as G Suite, though the product page on the G Suite website listed in the app’s description page on the App Store is not yet live. Read More

  • Google Hangouts Gets Its Own Site, Just Like Facebook Messenger

    Google Hangouts Gets Its Own Site, Just Like Facebook Messenger

    Everyone wants to be free and standalone. Remember when Facebook Messenger got its own site that maybe people use but we’re not sure because they don’t talk about it? Google Hangouts wanted some of that action, too. Starting today you can go to http://hangouts.google.com to make a phone call or ping a friend: Interestingly enough, the product hasn’t broken away from the… Read More

  • Google Contacts Gets A New Look

    Google Contacts Gets A New Look

    Google Contacts is getting an update. Contacts sits at the core of services like Gmail, Google+, Hangouts and others, but it never felt like Google was putting a lot of resources into this service. Now, it’s not only getting a new look, but also a couple of new features that will make using it a bit easier. The new look takes its cues from Google’s other services that have adopted… Read More

  • Google Uses Hangouts As A Virtual Genius Bar To Sell Google Devices

    Google Uses Hangouts As A Virtual Genius Bar To Sell Google Devices

    In 2013, Google expanded its Hangouts video conferencing service into a commerce platform called Helpouts, where people buy and sell services like cooking or technical advice via live video. Now Google has developed another new service based on its Hangouts infrastructure. It is running a live video chat service for would-be buyers of Google smartphones, tablets and Chromebooks (but not… Read More

  • Google Acquires Emu, An IM Client With Siri-Like Intelligence

    Google Acquires Emu, An IM Client With Siri-Like Intelligence

    Google has acquired Emu, a new mobile messaging application that just exited beta earlier this year. Emu was at heart an IM client, but it differentiated itself from the crowded market with smart features that incorporated a virtual assistant not unlike Siri to automate tasks based on your conversations – meaning you could do things like schedule appointments to your calendar, set… Read More

  • Hangouts Now Works Without Google+ Account, Becomes Part Of Google Apps For Business And Gets SLA

    Hangouts Now Works Without Google+ Account, Becomes Part Of Google Apps For Business And Gets SLA

    Say what you want about Google+, but it incubated two great products at Google: Hangouts for video meetings and Google+ Photos. While Photos is still deeply integrated with Google+, Hangouts is starting to grow up and it’s shedding some of its Google+ past today. Until now, for example, you had to have a Google+ account to use Hangouts. Starting today, that requirement is gone. Anybody… Read More

  • Google Tipped To Consolidate Communication By Killing Google Voice, Rolling Features Into Hangouts

    Google Tipped To Consolidate Communication By Killing Google Voice, Rolling Features Into Hangouts

    Google is said to be planning to roll Google Voice features into Hangouts, its cross-platform communication app, possibly in time for Google I/O, according to a new report from 9to5Google. The Hangouts app got voice calling a little while ago, and also offers SMS integration on Android for sending texts to phone numbers, both of which had been Google Voice features. The move makes sense not… Read More

  • Google Hangouts, Gmail Chat And Google Spreadsheets Go Down

    Google Hangouts, Gmail Chat And Google Spreadsheets Go Down

    UPDATE: Google says these issues should now be resolved. Google’s real-time chat services, including Hangouts in Google+, Gmail, went down today, in an outage that appears to be fairly widespread. Messages in Gmail’s chat integration are receiving system messages saying “[User] did not receive your chat” or simply not showing up, while in Google+ a loading animation… Read More