We saw a lot of cool things during the Google I/O keynote yesterday, including new Google Maps, updated Google Search, and a unified Google+ Hangouts experience. Speaking of which, the promo video for Google+ Hangouts had a peculiar couple of seconds, where we spotted a 7-inch tablet with a glowing notification light, which none of
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Google+ Hangouts got a major face-lift yesterday when Google announced that all of their chat services would be merged together into one app. Essentially, users can now message each other over various platforms, as well as video chat. Furthermore, you can send someone a message without even them being signed in, hinting to the possibility
We’ve heard rumblings of Google‘s new unified chat service in the past, called Babel, but it seems the company is expected to announce the new service at Google I/O next week. However, before they do that, it’s been reported that Babel is being rebranded as Google Hangouts, and will merge with the company’s current Google+
Google hasn’t even officially launched Babel, but word on the street has it that the aforesaid term was being used internally to reference a new, unified chat platform. Now, TechRadar is reporting that Babel will simply become a part of Google Hangouts — almost certainly as a means to continue the art of subtly shoving Google+ onto every user it can. Moreover, the newly expanded Hangouts could launch as early as next week during Google I/O, and we’ll be there to bring you the goods if indeed it does.
Google+ has just issued an update that brings the remote desktop feature to Hangouts. With Hangouts Remote Desktop, your friends can give you permission to control their desktop through the Hangouts app. Because you’re in a Hangout, you are still able to see each other and voice chat with each other while you’re controlling the
Google‘s Jeremy Ng has dropped another announcement on Google+, this time introducing Hangouts Capture, an app that allows Google Hangout users to take snapshots during a conversation. This makes it easy to record those here-now-and-then-gone moments of hilarity or other situations you’d like to record as a digital memory. While there are several options for
Google’s social network, Google+, is getting attention from the likes of astronauts and the U.S. president. Both will be hosting hangouts with the U.S. public.
Yahoo! has snapped up video streaming startup and Google+ Hangout rival OnTheAir, as CEO Marissa Mayer continues to cherry-pick tech to make the company more competitive against her former employer Google. OnTheAir works as an ad-hoc webcast and video chat service, allowing for impromptu broadcasts with dynamic switching between participants, similar to the Google+ Hangouts
One of the underlying features launched originally with the Google+ project was its video conferencing platform, Hangouts. It’s been a success from the perspective of user adoption and also grabbed a partnership for Google with the NFL. Video is an extremely tough space to tackle, just ask companies like Skype, Airtime and countless others. Nailing an intimate experience that supports two ore more people in a video conference is no small feat, but Google knocked it out of the park with Hangouts.
Today, the Google+ team shared some insight into some tweaks that it has made to the Hangouts experience over the last couple of months, plus some new initiatives.
In a post on Google+, Chee Chew of Google discussed these improvements, which include the ability to block people, set a Hangout to 18+ and change a Hangout to public while it’s in progress.
So your fantasy football team just clinched its spot in the virtual Super Bowl. There’s now a better way to rub it in everyone’s noses than snarky message board posts: Google has just teamed with the NFL to integrate Google+ Hangouts across the league’s fantasy football pages. The multi-person video chat is now just a step away, whether you’re trading players or checking the latest results. Google is even bending the rules slightly to allow for a full league’s dozen players in one session, instead of the usual 10, and will help host talks between commentators and league participants. Hangouts at the NFL pages are already up and running — that gives us just enough weeks to hem and haw over linebacker choices before the real NFL’s schedule gets going.
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Announced at I/O last month, Google’s Google+ iPad app has just gone live in the Apple App Store.
Keep in mind that the iOS version is out before the Android version and with it comes a dynamic stream of Google+ content based on popularity. So, if your friend’s recent video is more popular than a picture of your dog, the video will trump the size of your photo. Sharing and commenting is a pinch with simple finger gestures to pinch and expand posts in your stream.
You’ve gotten so good at hanging out ever since Google+ launched last year, isn’t about time you started broadcasting your act? After a good deal of time in a limited rollout, the social network is offering up its Hangouts On Air feature to everyone. Now you can broadcast yourself on Google+ or YouTube. On Air lets you monitor views and record and re-share the content after the fact. Get down with the explanatory video after the break.
With Evinar, you can’t bring audience members onto a live streaming stage with you, but you can broadcast anything else. Evinar is a new Facebook Page app launching today via TechCrunch that lets you stream to a live audience nearly nearly any type of content, including YouTube, Ustream, Hulu, Facebook photos, Flickr, SlideShare, tweets, or uploaded text and images.
Evinar definitely lacks interactivity. You can’t collaborate or video chat with the first 10 viewers like on Hangouts, or pipe in the webcam streams of any audience member like promising startup OnTheAir. Plus you can’t stream your own webcam directly. Still, web celebs and thought leaders could use Evinar to connect with their fans in more ways than a standard video stream.
Now you can call out from your desktop using Google+ Hangouts using a brand new Telephone feature, this in addition to several other features added this month including Google Docs and screensharing. It’s Google’s Vincent Paquet who lets us in on the several updates we can expect imminently for our desktop-based Google+ experience, showing how
The first time we used the Hangouts feature on Google+, the group’s social media network, just a few short weeks ago, the team here at SlashGear suddenly found our around-the-world group of misfit publishers in a very real room with video chat – now we’re to understand that this service will be expanded with free [...]