Google Hangouts Officially Launched, Replacement of Google Talk

Thursday, May 16, 2013

/ by Aman Banka
Google has Officially Unwrapped the new Messaging Service named as Hangouts at Google I/O 2013. This is all new unified messaging service from Google. Hangouts is replacement to Google Talk. Google Hangouts is a product of Google's imagination to bring a real-time communication across platform, which is not limited and gives access to all the needed features.

Google Hangouts

Once we download & install Google Hangouts, Google Talk Application will be replaced. Hangouts will be replacing all of Google’s existing communication platforms like Google Talk, Gmail Chat, Google+ Messenger and more into one product.

"Today's real-time communication products make conversations difficult. Some require everyone to use the same operating system. Others support video calls, but not photo-sharing. And still others enable mobile messaging but ignore the web entirely. Patchy solutions (including our own) preclude meaningful connections online, and we aim to fix this," Google's Vic Gundotra noted in a blog post.
“We’re launching a stand-alone version of Hangouts that combines text, photos and live video across Android, iOS and your computer. The app is fast, free, and includes a number of key benefits,” Google noted in a blog post.

Hangouts is available in all the operating systems as a standalone app, you can download the original Hangouts App from Google Play, you can also find Hangouts on App Store for iOS devices lastly you can download Hangouts for Chrome. It is also get integrated in Gmail and Google+.

Google Hangouts

Some features of Hangouts are as follow, Hangouts supports Photo Sharing and Emoji, you can see the conversation history, Hangouts also support Video Calls and lastly it supports Notification Sync across platforms, means Once you see a notification on one device, Hangouts will clear it from your other Android devices and computers. You can also snooze notifications when you don’t want to be interrupted.

Currently Some of the users are facing problem while opening Hangouts, when they try to open Hangouts Google Talk get opened. The issue is reported to Google and they are working to fix it as soon as possible. Below you can find the full statement from Google about this bug/issue:

If you aren’t yet able to install Hangouts on your phone or tablet, or the Play Store “Open” button takes you to the old Talk app, hang tight, we are rolling out Hangouts to everyone over the course of several days. Rest assured Hangouts will be available soon for all Android 2.3+ devices, tablets included!

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