Hangouts

Google employee says Hangouts isn’t secure, wiretapping likely to happen

Whether you like it or not, some Google products and services are really prone to hacks and security can be compromised. For one, the Android mobile platform is susceptible to hackers but the tech giant is doing everything to keep the bad geeks away. And for those who use Hangouts, know that the program doesn't use end-to-end encryption. This is according to a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) thread where a Google employee was challenged to share how secure Hangouts is.

You can make faster Hangouts voice calls when new update rolls out

If you're not satisfied with just chatting with colleagues or friends over Hangouts and have been dependent on making voice calls through the app and/or desktop, chances are you've noticed that it's not as fast as it should be. Don't worry, it's not just your carrier's fault, but it's the connection speed within some of Google's apps like Gmail and Inbox where you can also make the voice calls. But a new update to the apps and to the desktop will solve that problem and allow you to make faster calls.

Google Now allows sending Hangouts messages by voice commands

Most of my sci-fi dreams include touchscreens and voice commands. Just by talking to a surface, device, or a hologram, something will happen. Looks like that will become a reality soon as Google finally allowed Google Now to send messages on Hangouts. Yep, this means you can communicate with your family, friends, or colleagues more easily by simply launching Google Now and saying "send a Hangouts message".

Google update spree: Play Store, Hangouts, Drive

MWC 2015 isn't enough to keep Google from doing its weekly update duties and this week, we're getting a taste of quite a few big ones. And now, this time it isn't just about Material Design, but the changes do improve on the overall user experience as well as the user interface of some apps. Play Store gets a new and better landscape layout, Hangouts gets a new contact card format, and Drive adds drag and drop organization on mobile.

Google to deprecate Talk, asks users to switch to Hangouts

If you're one of those who are still desperately holding on to Google Talk and refusing to switch to the more updated Hangouts, then the latest news from product manager Mayur Kamat will make you a little bit sad. By February 23, Google is already deprecating Talk for Windows users, encouraging them to switch to Hangouts, which has been their main messaging app for the past few years.

Hangouts update: more creative interactions, suggestions

Text messaging is so early 2000s. These days, it's all about free messaging apps on your smartphones. With the popularity of such services as Viber, Whats App, LINE, Messenger and the likes, people are finding it more exciting to exchange messages with loved ones through these rather than the boring, simplistic SMS. Hangouts has been another popular messaging app, but some find it a little too staid or boring. But a new update aims to change that impression with new features that will make your interactions more exciting.

Voice Calls for Google Hangouts land in India

Google has announced something new that users of Google Hangouts in India will like. The Hangouts app on smartphones will now allow Indian users to stay connected by voice with users from around the world. Voice calls to phone numbers outside of India on Android are now supported from the web via Google Hangouts.

Hangouts lets you call 25 countries free for first minute

Whether it's expanding the scope of its service or simply trying to advertise the existence of that option, Google is doing a promo for the voice call feature of Hangouts. Users can get their first minute of a call to any of 25 allowed countries for free. But before you jump the gun on this offering, carefully read the fine print first, as things aren't as rosy as they seem.

Google testing video checkup with doctors

Google knows everything. That’s what most people say. You want to know something or stalk someone, Google the term and you’ll see hundreds to thousands of search results. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll learn. If you start searching for symptoms of an illness, more often than not, you get scared because there’s a tendency for you to self-diagnose after reading a lot of websites that are not really reliable.

Google Hangouts now lets you make voice calls

There you have it. Just a day after we were speculating about the seeming migration of Google Voice to Hangouts, Google has officially made an announcement to the effect. When you update your Hangouts to its latest version, you will now be able to make free calls to other users of the messaging service, to numbers within the United States, and for a low fee, even calls outside the country.
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