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Google Helpouts could launch in early November

Helpouts, Google’s feature to allow for a virtual assist via Hangouts, is reported to go live on November 5th. A twist to Hangouts, and the first official way to monetize a Hangout via Google, Helpouts has been in the works for some time. While Google has yet to announce when it will make the feature available, a leaked email may have done it for them.

Google+ active users climb to 540 million

While Google added some new features across Hangouts and for Photos, they began the event with some numbers. Specifically, Vic Gundotra began the "Morning with Google+" event with a section called Momentum. Basically, this was an update on Google+ itself, which offered the reminder about how Google+ opened to the public in September 2011 and how Google ships a new version "almost" every day.

The U.S. Army has gone Google!

Google has convinced the US Army to “Go Google”! Via their enterprise blog, Google has announced that the US army has gone Google, and will utilize Google Apps to improve their communication and become more mobile. This will reduce cost for the Army, as well as give troops around the globe access to things like Drive and Hangouts.

Google Hangouts get Google Voice calling, on iOS

Google has rolled out the latest update for Hangouts. This update deals with voice calling, includes Google Voice integration and even some animated GIFs. While all this sounds like a solid update, there is a disappointing aspect as it has only arrived for those with an iOS device. Yes, Google has rolled this one out only for those sporting an iDevice.

Hangouts for Android update adds contact status indicators

Hangouts for Android is getting an update and it looks like this time around Google will be adding a feature that many have been waiting and hoping to see. Diving right in, this update is adding status indicators for your contacts. Basically, users will now be able to see who is, and who isn't online at an given time by checking the color of the icon on their photo.
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