Google announces standalone website for Hangouts

Users can now chat with their Google contacts without the need to install any plugin or by keeping their Gmail or Google+ page open.

Published Date
18 - Aug - 2015
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18 - Aug - 2015
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Google announces standalone website for Hangouts

Jordanna Chord, a software engineer at Google, has announced on her Google+ page that Google has given Hangouts its own personal domain name on the internet. She added, "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." 

Earlier, there were three ways to access Hangouts, though Gmail, Google+, or though brower plugins. While methods are still available, the aim of the new website is to makes things much more straight forward. Users simply need to sign-in to their Google account and visit the Hangouts website. It will welcome you and will show three quick options to initiate video call, audio call, or chat.

From the sidebar on the left, users can easily switch among contacts, conversations, and phone calls. The rest of the options can be accessed by clicking on the 'three dot' icon present just below the phone calls option. It will give you access to settings and links to the Hangouts app download page. The Hangouts website also shows new images in the background that keep changing over time. 

Recently, Google also released an update for Hangouts app on Android and they have already made Hangouts the sole messaging app after shutting down GTalk earlier this year.  Other than this, Google has also announced Marshmallow as the official name of Android M along with the release of Android API level 23 and final M preview for users to try out.