Google+ Hangouts replaces Gmail video chats

By on July 31, 2012
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Hangouts brings with it nifty new features

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Google has announced that it is replacing video chats in Gmail with Google+ Hangouts on their official Gmail blog.

Gmail users will get a bunch of new features with Hangouts. Some of these include chatting with up to 9 users simultaneously, collaborating on Google documents and sharing screens. Most of the new features will require both users to have Google+ accounts.

Google product manager Fred Brewin said, “Unlike the old video chat, which was based on peer-to-peer technology, Hangouts utilize the power of Google’s network to deliver higher reliability and enhanced quality”.  He also hinted at what could be a popular feature upcoming in the next few weeks, ‘Plus, Hangouts has a bunch of fun effects that you can try out…because any conversation is better when you’re wearing a virtual mustache or pirate hat”.

Hangouts will also allow users to reach people not only when they are using Gmail, but also “if they are on Google+ in the browser or on their Android or iOS devices”.

Video chat in Gmail has been around since 2008, so users may take a while to get used to the change but a virtual mustache may go some way in comforting them.

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