Google to replace Gmail video chat with Google+ Hangouts
Google's mailing service, Gmail, has received a series of updates this year. Apart from a neater interface and other important upgrades, Gmail has also been integrated with Google's social networking website Google+. And now the company has taken one more step towards deepening Google+ integration with Gmail – replacing the video chat with Google+ Hangouts.
Google had brought the video chat feature to Gmail in 2008 and has been an important part of the mailing service since then. “Unlike the old video chat, which was based on peer-to-peer technology, Hangouts utilise the power of Google’s network to deliver higher reliability and enhanced quality,” says the Google team in a blog post.
“You’ll be able to chat with all the same people you did before — and, in fact, with Hangouts you’ll now be able to reach them not only when they are using Gmail, but also if they are on Google+ in the browser or on their Android or iOS devices.”
Google has previously made various efforts to push its social network, and is trying to inter-link its products such as Gmail, YouTube Google Maps and other Google services. If you are logged into any of the Google products, the company says, you are automatically logged into Google+.
Incorporation of Google Hangouts will certainly improve video chatting experience on Gmail. The new feature will compete against Apple's Facetime and Microsoft's Skype.
“All Gmail users will benefit from this upgrade, but if you and the person you're chatting with also use Google+, you’ll get even more from the Hangouts experience. You'll be able to video chat with up to nine people at once, watch YouTube videos together, collaborate on Google documents and share your screen,” says the Google team while explaining the advantages of Hangouts.
Learn more about the update in the video below:
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