Google finally launched a standalone website for Hangouts, a messaging platform to send instant messages and make voice and video calls. From brand new Hangouts web hangouts.google.com, users can use the service without having to log in to Gmail, Google+, or the Google Chrome Hangouts extension.
Google has been revamping its messaging service for the last couple of months, and Hangouts has received a lot of attention. Last week the search engine giant released Hangout 4.0 for Android users, updated with Material Design which is more responsive – and makes your app experience much easier.
In a Google post, Jordanna Chord announced, “We are launching another way to use Hangouts today. From our new site, you’ll be able to take advantage of the best of Hangouts in the browser, along with an inspiring image to get you through the day.”
The New Hangout website is compatible with every web browser – you can sign in to your hangouts profile with your email id. With the latest feature, you can open multiple conversations at once; and can add up to 100 people in a group chat – that supports photos, maps, stickers, GIFs, and emojis. You can also make voice calls, but for video calls, you can add up to 10 people in a call. The application also supports syncing your Google Hangouts chats on multiple mobile devices so you can continue your conversations on the Hangouts Android, iOS, and web applications.
Social media websites are constantly improving messaging services. Google’s move to launch a dedicated website is much related to Facebook’s Messenger service, which Facebook launched in April. In a similar move, Twitter last week removed the 140-character limit for its Direct Messages to encourage its users to get most of the private messaging service.
Like the earlier version, you can share your screen during ongoing calls with your friends with a new look and feel. As you don’t have to keep your inbox open in the background, it’s going to be a much easier way to use the service for people who aren’t always inside Gmail.