Google has continued to integrate their massive list of offerings together to offer a seamless experience for all. Previously Gmail users were able to use Google Talk video chat for communication but today Google has announced that is all changing for the better. Google has replaced Google Talk video with Google+ hangouts. Letting Gmail users video chat with 1 person, or 10 at the same time.
What this means is the awesome Google+ Hangout options on their social network service that includes 1 or even 10 people at a time, Google Docs sharing, and more is all coming to Gmail. You can still video chat with 1 person at a time, even if they don’t have a G+ account, but can add G+ users to a Hangout of 10 people if you wish. Now you can chat with the entire family, or all of your co-workers easily with Gmail.
The previous system was nice but this will make everything better and smoother. With Google+ Hangouts coming to Gmail it allows users to work with high reliability and “enhanced” quality system over anything Google has used before for video chat. Because this new system is not just peer-to-peer, you’ll no longer have to worry about cut-outs and chopped-up video. It’s all managed by Google’s highly reliable network.
This update is all happening on the back end, and is rolling out as we speak. Users with personal Gmail accounts should see this option starting today and over the next week or so. Business and Google Apps users will be getting the same treatment here shortly too. Whether you’re on an Android or iOS device, or in your browser Gmail Hangouts will be easier than ever. Here’s the browser button
If you don’t have a Google+ account you can still participate in one-on-one chat, but will need to sign up using your already active Gmail account for full options. It’s just that easy folks! Give it a try and let us know what you think. If it hasn’t arrived for you yet don’t worry as it should pop up shortly.
[via Google Blog]