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Google Hangout launching peer-to-peer connection for Android users

Feb 9, 2016, 6:10 am

Android users for a 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 rumors, Google might disable SMS feature added in Hangouts in the 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 another person by identifying IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. With an IP address, it’s possible to locate the location.

To improve audio and video quality, Hangouts calls use a direct peer-to-peer connection when possible. It will allow the 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 the IP address to the user. Google might possibly be using WebRTC, a technology that supports browser to browser communication without the help of any plugins. In addition, if someone wanted to attack you online, they won’t be able to 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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