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Standalone Google Hangouts App Launches For iOS Devices

Standalone Google Hangouts App Launches For iOS Devices

May 15, 2013
As part of its new unified chat platform Google has just released a standalone Hangouts app in the App Store. Announced at the Google I/O conference, the new service will eventually replace all of the company’s communication properties. Along with iOS, there will be an app for Android devices and a Chrome Web extension. Our own Dom Esposito has already done a quick look at the new app. Click here if you can't see the video. Here are the complete release notes:
Hangouts brings one-on-one and group conversations to life with photos, emoji, and video calls for free. Connect with friends across computers, phones and tablets. -- Group conversations are better than ever. Send photos or emoji, see when people are engaged in the Hangout and message friends anytime, even if they're not connected right now. -- Video calls make Hangouts more fun. Turn any conversation into a video call with up to 10 friends. -- All your friends can use Hangouts. Hangouts works on computers, phones, and tablets, so you can connect with everyone. More Hangouts awesomeness: -- View and continue your Hangouts across devices. -- Get notifications just once. After you see an alert, it’ll be removed on other devices. -- Snooze your notifications if you’d prefer to respond later. -- See what you talked about in the past, including shared photos and your video call history. -- Keep a record of any Hangout for just a short period of time by turning history off. -- View collections of photos shared from each of your Hangouts. -- Choose from over 850 emoji to express what’s on your mind.
Hangouts is a universal app for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini. It can be downloaded in the App Store now for free. I’m actually excited to use Hangouts on my iOS devices. While I’ve never used it previously, I think the cross-platform integration strategy sounds great. It could easily become what FaceTime and iMessages should have been. [gallery link="file"]

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