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Google+ Hangouts presents bold threat to Skype

Google+ Hangouts presents bold threat to Skype

The social network known as Google+ has once again shown another tiny improvement set to make big waves, and it's got us all thinking that Skype may be on its way out alongside all over enterprise conferencing systems. Google+ Hangouts (the On Air version) now has a Full Screen button, this allowing you to turn your entire monitor into your conferencing station. While Skype and other conferencing systems have had similar functionality to this for a while now, Hangouts ability to use virtual whiteboards and screen sharing have the potential to put the competition out of business.

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Google+ Hangouts adds screen-sharing & boosts to TV-scale

Google+ Hangouts adds screen-sharing & boosts to TV-scale

Having revealed it has designs on your search results earlier this week, now Google+ has set its sights on collaborative working tools with the addition of screen sharing. The updated Hangouts - impromptu video calling held within the browser - now includes the ability to show fellow video chat participants what's going on in your screen, according to Hangouts designer Christopher Johnson.

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Google+ Hangouts add free conference calling

Google+ Hangouts add free conference calling

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 phone call-ins. What this means is that if you've already started a Hangout and you know your friend is mobile, you can call them in. The great thing about this is that it works for any kind of phone, just so long as the person being called can talk on it.

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Google Updates Hangouts to full Phone and Broadcast functionality

Google Updates Hangouts to full Phone and Broadcast functionality

The folks at Google working on the social networking site Google+ aren't messing around with that whole "plus" thing, taking their Hangouts video chat portion to a level above and beyond basically every competing service in a bold swoosh of updates today. Want to video chat via G+ on your phone? You can do that today. Want to broadcast a video for the public? You can do that today. Want to share your screen, share a live-drawn sketchpad, work with Google Docs, or name a Hangout to handle your specific needs? All of that is live today. On top of all this, Google is handing out Hangout APIs today for developers to create new and interesting additional apps that work on the Hangouts video chat platform. Wins all around!

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Fring gets Google+ Hangouts-style “Playgrounds” group video chat

Fring gets Google+ Hangouts-style “Playgrounds” group video chat

Popular four-way video chat app, Fring, has just added a new feature that they're calling "Playgrounds." This addition seems to mimic the Google+ Hangouts feature in that it lets people more freely and casually join in on group video chats. But Fring takes it a step further by making Playgrounds group chats completely open so that people who join in do not have to know each other first.

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Google+ Hangouts Will Be Open To Third-Party Apps

Google+ Hangouts Will Be Open To Third-Party Apps

One of the most popular features of Google+ is the Hangouts group video chat component. It's a convenient way to easily setup a group meeting whether for a casual chat or for business video conferencing. It also works smoothly even with larger groups and is completely free. Plus, Google plans to open up the app to allow third-party apps to work with the feature.

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New Gmail users no longer need Google+ account

New Gmail users no longer need Google+ account

Those without a Gmail account (we were surprised they existed, too) will no longer have to join Google+ as a result of signing up. Quietly, Google slipped the once-mandatory Google+ account away from Gmail, leaving those who want email to have that alone. It’s a strange subtraction for Google to make for social, but may be the biggest sign yet they’re not too keen on it lately.

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Google Glass firmware update brings in more of your contacts

Google Glass firmware update brings in more of your contacts

Google Glass is getting a lot more useful today, as a firmware update brings in some needed features to the heads-up wearable. A new way to access and communicate with your contacts is incoming, but that’s not all. You can now access your entire contacts list, and keep an extended number handy for when you need to get hold of them quickly.

 

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Google acquires messaging startup Emu

Google acquires messaging startup Emu

One of the neat things about iMessage is its ability to recognize times mentioned, offering them up as a link to the Calendar. Click on a mention of 12:30pm, and your calendar will automatically start setting up an appointment for that time. That type of feature may be coming to Hangouts soon, with Google’s acquisition of Emu.

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Google icon update incoming: cleaner, flatter

Google icon update incoming: cleaner, flatter

This week there’s word that Android - if not the web as well - will be getting a full makeover by Google in the icon department. Evidence suggests that the icons being added to the world of Android and the web will be flatter, a bit more well organized, and sized relative to one another.

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