Google Hangout is bringing peer-to-peer connection for Android users

Feb 9, 2016, 6:10 am

Pranjali D.

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Android users for long time have requested Google to improve the calling features in Hangouts. The popular messaging platform now offering peer-to-peer communication allowing users routing their call directly to the person they’re talking to rather connecting Google server.

According to some rumours, Google might disable SMS feature added in Hangouts in future. Last week, Google released an update for Android users asking them to migrate to Google Messenger, hinting the tech giant might disable messaging feature in coming days. On December we reported that Google is secretly working on new messaging service like WhatsApp of Facebook Messenger. So it is not clear if Google will be upgrading the service or they will be building a new standalone app for the users.

The tech giant detailed about improved video and audio call quality in their new support page. Megan a Hangout expert on support page states that peer-to-peer connection means, it connects you and other person by identifying IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. With an IP address it’s possible to approximate your location.

To improve audio and video quality, Hangouts calls use a direct peer-to-peer connection when possible. This allows Hangouts to more efficiently route your call directly to the person you’re talking to, rather than connecting the call through one of Google’s servers.

On the security part Google says it maintains user’s privacy – it doesn’t show how to connect IP address to the user. Google might possibly be using WebRTC, a technology that support browser to browser communication without the help of any plugins. In addition, if someone wanted to attack you online, they won’t be able recognize your IP address.

Earlier Google used its own servers for providing the calling service. Servers worked like a middleman between users that was creating many hoops while conversing. Due to this Google is changing Hangouts to place peer-to-peer calls when possible.

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