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Google’s Emu buy seen to bring some brains to Hangouts

Wouldn't it be swell if you could easily turn chat messages into calendar appointments or todo items right then and there, without having to leave the chat app or switch back and forth between chat, email, calendar, and whatnot? That bit of smartness might soon be a reality on Hangouts if Google's acquisition of startup and chat app Emu is what we think and hope it means.

Google Hangouts currently down for many [Updated]

Google is currently showing a "service disruption" for Hangouts. While that may not make the outage any easier, you can take at least take some comfort in knowing you are not the only one with an issue at the moment. A recently updated Apps Status Dashboard page confirms the issues, but has yet to offer anything in terms of when a resolution can be expected.

Google Hangouts gets HD video streaming, leaves H.264 behind

While you probably haven't noticed any differences while enjoying a quick Google Hangouts video chat lately, there's some big ones coming. Some might have already received Google's latest improvements, but most will be waiting for a greater rollout later this month. So what's the big change? 720p HD video streaming with Hangouts. The move from the H.264 video codec to VP8 is almost complete.

Google Hangouts updated with more emoji faces and speed tweaks

Google has been rather busy over the past few weeks. From updates to Google Maps, a new Nexus 7, Android 4.3 more, and now we're seeing another update for their popular Hangouts chat app. It started arriving for users in stages earlier this week, but the official update for Hangouts is now readily available for all. If you like emoji support, you'll want to grab it.

Google adds voice calls to Gmail and Hangouts

Soon you'll be able to make phone calls in the US and Canada completely free thanks to Google. Previously we were able to make calls in Gmail from our browser, but when Google Talk became Google Hangouts the feature was removed. Today Google confirmed they've added it back to Gmail, and over the next few days they'll be rolling out phone calling for Hangouts as well.

Google Hangouts gets its first update with notification fixes

Today the folks from Google are issuing the first update to their popular Hangouts app that replaced Google Talk last month. It wasn't quite the unified chat everyone was expecting, but Hangouts is pretty nice. Today they've pushed the first update out for their new app with a few notification fixes and tweaks, but nothing too significant. No Google Voice or SMS integration yet either.

Hangouts set to be the future of Google Voice

When Google announced their new Hangouts service at the Google I/O dev conference last week, their new unified cross platform messaging and video service, the first thought we had was in regards to Google Voice. Would Voice be going the way of Google Reader, or did they have something else planned. Today we're learning that Google Hangouts was designed to be the future of Voice.
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