During Google I/O 2013 it was announced that there would be an update to the hangouts/ chat app on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. (More on Google I/O) I have been using this new chat app for about 2 weeks now. We will review my likes and dislikes for the New Google Hangouts app in this post.
Google’s New Hangout App is by far the best thing to happen to Chrome OS since it started in 2009. It fully integrates and combines what were 3 separate portions of the OS: Google Chat, Google Plus, and Google Hangout; however these apps are still available to use separate from one another. Let me show you what I mean. Notice in the screenshot below the resemblance to the old chat app. It still docks your chats and friends list to the launcher. the big things to notice are the ” + New Hangout “ field at the top. This box can be used to find the names or circles that you would like to hangout with and automatically start a new hangout, this is also demonstrated in the following screenshots.
The chat feature of the app is what can be classified as a text only hangout where the app initiates this text only hangout automatically. To initiate a video call/ hangout you hit the camera icon at the top left of the chat window. After this a hangout window will open and you can name it and add as many people as you like to it. Overall I believe that the app is great and it brings together 3 seemingly fragmented pieces of Chrome OS, into one neat little package.
Have you tried the new hangout app in Chrome OS? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments section down below.
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