Google Hangouts Replaces Gmail Video Chat

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Google plans to replace its Gmail video chat function with a Hangouts style video feature similar to Google+.

According to Google product manager Fred Brewin in a blog post Monday on the company’s website, “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.”

The Hangouts style video feature replacement will allow users to reach and communicate with the same people through both Gmail and now Google+, unlike its previous video chatting application that is only constrained within the Gmail service alone. This means more access for users in reaching their recipients, whether they are on their desktop browsers of Android or iOS devices.


“You’ll be able to chat with all the same people you did before and with Hangouts you’ll now be able to reach them not only when they are using Gmail but also if they are on Google+ in the browser or on their Android or iOS devices,” Brewin added.

The search giant’s social network, Google+, has already been experiencing a weak share in the market. A company spokesperson admitted that this move is part of its effort to invite more people to join the network.

Google thoroughly explained that the upgrade would be an advantage to all Gmail users. Gmail users who are on Google+ will get additional features as well.

“You’ll be able to video chat with up to nine people at once, watch YouTube videos together, collaborate on Google documents and share your screen,” Brewin said.

For online enthusiasts who may be wondering what is anticipated of the Hangouts-inspired video messaging, the feature carries diverse fun effects using enhanced reality such as virtual costumes to entice people with Google+.

The company reports that it has already gradually started running Hangouts in Gmail and advises users to expect more from the update over the coming weeks.


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