Google expands Google Hangouts functionality to make it more useful

Google Plus gets another major update today. This update is focused at the Hangouts functionality which offers multi-user video chatting capabilities.

Here are some of the new features launching today:

Google expands Google Hangouts functionality to make it more useful

All posts would now have a hangout button now to instantly start a hangout button with the people involved in the conversation. If a hangout is already in progress, other users would see an option to join the fun.

This applies on the Google Plus mobile app too. Updates are coming soon for both Android and iOS devices.

Google expands Google Hangouts functionality to make it more useful

Google Hangouts on Air is being expanded to more users. Google said that public figures, celebrities, popular users on Plus would soon get it activated on their accounts. They would be able to start a Hangout on Air anytime as they want. And recording of the hangout would be uploaded to their YouTube account automatically with private settings.

Google expands Google Hangouts functionality to make it more useful

Google Hangouts also now support dial-in through Gmail voice calling. This would enable people with just telephones to connect to a Hangout.

Google expands Google Hangouts functionality to make it more useful

Ongoing hangouts would be highlighted in the right side of your stream so that you can always be aware of what’s going on in your circles. This applies to mobile apps too. You would get an alert if you are invited to a hangout.

Google expands Google Hangouts functionality to make it more useful

Google Hangouts already had virtual mustaches. Google has now added virtual antlers that can be added to your streaming self!

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