Hangouts

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.

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.
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