May 15 AT 1:01 PM Dustin Earley 33 Comments

Google’s unified messaging service launching as “Hangouts” on Android, web and iOS

hangouts10 Image via: The Verge

Google’s various messaging services have long been painfully confusing. Syncing between devices, photo sharing and video conferencing have been a headache for years now, but that’s all about to change with Google “Hangouts.”

Hangouts is the messaging service that everyone’s been waiting for. Hangouts takes the best of all of Google’s messaging apps, and combines them into one service, available on multiple platforms. Hangouts features photo sharing, free multiple-contact video chatting, message archiving and cross-device syncing. Emphasis has been placed on how Hangouts will focus on conversations, instead of contacts, making your messages the star of the show.

Hangouts will be available for Android, iOS and the web today. Be on the lookout for a full rundown on how the app functions and feels once we get our hands on a copy later today.


Via: The Verge

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    this looks awesome.. But i wanted the Babble name.. lol

  • tumpero

    Hopefully provides the experience al so for pre-4.0 devices. Still using my trusty HTC Desire :)

  • Derek

    This is interesting, but right now I think we’re experiencing messaging overload. The way we did on the PC about 10 years ago. Were you on AOL, Yahoo, Microsoft, etc?? Now we have Google Hangouts, BlackBerry is coming to all platforms, Apple has iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, etc. It’s going to be so hard to get all your friends onto the same messenger. You’re going to need to have 18 different messengers installed on your phone so you can reach everybody…or just use MMS.

    • SGB101

      I can see what you mean, but in reality it is very seamless to have a handful of these apps running. If there was no notification bar, then it would be awkward.

      I know how bad it gets, I have 4 teenagers, that all use different services, my friends use a few and my wife is on another. So I have IM overload lol.

  • MisterLee

    I’m at work so cant watch the videos…

    Does anyone know if Google Voice (text) messages can be accessed through this new app?

    • Xallies

      No not yet…

    • Federico Brigante

      Oh god you’re right… something tells me Google Voice is not going to live long. It hasn’t seen updates in years and it’s barely ever named.

      At best they’ll merge text messages in Hangouts… at most they’ll pull Google Voice altogether.

  • lou2cool88

    The second video is really great and gives us a really in depth view of some of the benefits as well as some of the limitations of this new unified platform. This is a great first step but I hope it pushes it further. I want something like chatheads so I can access messages over other apps. I also want them to further integrate with all of their other services and SMS. Great first step, though. I can’t wait for my apps to update soon!

  • Nathan D.

    I’m looking forward to this

  • HeatFan

    Where is the app on the Playstore? I cannot find it.

  • NoRootNoFun

    Yay, there’s a Pebble in the second video at minute 2:00 ;-)

  • Xallies

    Needs MMS asap. otherwise its just another texting app.

  • aranea

    It’s not compatible with Nexus 10. Interesting??

  • Matthew

    I’ve been waiting for something like this for ages, recently I have been using the Facebook messenger, but I think its time for this!

    • SGB101

      Message me, is a good alternative, it’s very much like Facebook messenger, but with out facebook integration. My teenage girl and her circles use it, so I need to have it installed to contact her. It’s nice clean and simple.

  • mikeytusa

    Oddly enough, it’s not available on my Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 yet. My rooter Galaxy Nexus has it however.

    • lou2cool88

      I was just about to comment about how it’s not available on my Nexus 7 yet… I have it on Google Chrome as an extension now, though.

      • Dan Jones

        Where’s the Chrome app?

  • Bon

    It is more of a replacement or upgrade of google talk than a unified one I’d say.
    what did it get unified with??
    It does look nice and all, but do I really need to have all of the people in every circle on my contact?

    • tumpero

      Fully agree – Hangouts is a complete mess. Why can’t I decide which contacts are show? I want to see only those with a Talk connection. Also I don’t anymore if someone is online or not. In addition I can’t push the contact and see its shortcuts (e.g. call, text, facebook profile).+ why should I use Google+? A poor effort by Google.

  • Stella

    This is a very good beginning for Google with a messaging app. It’s still missing some features that I hope they add in the future.

  • Shekhar Patil

    It looks great but right now it has some limitations, eg. No option to forward msg., no location, contact, music or file sharing options.
    And two steps for communication looks tiresome, first tap the contact person and select msg or video call.

  • Shekhar Patil

    Update it from google web playstore

  • Shekhar Patil

    It spams your photo gallery, the nos. of photos you have send someone exact nos. of folder will be created in your photo gallery.

  • jonstle

    One of the best announcements so far!

  • Dan Jones

    “This app is incompatible with all of your devices.”

    Including my Nexus 7? What the heck, Google? I can’t use your brand-spanking new app on your own flagship tablet?

  • donger

    Looking forward to this.

  • Tritaru

    I’m surprised that Hangouts doesn’t integrate email, google voice, sms and google now cards all in one place. Not quite the revolutionary new take on communication I was hoping for.

    Just an elimination of the Google’s redundant messenger programs.

  • Michael Stephens

    Is anyone else having problems getting the talk app to update to the hangout? I have a nexus 4 and the play store just gives me the option to open. When it does open it’s the same old Google talk app !?!?

  • Matt

    As nice as this is without a sms or imessage feature it’s going to be hard to get people to move from sms or whatever texting app they are using so until they add a imessage sms feature it’s just another app you have to try and convince people of using.

  • imdiane

    One of my favorites from yesterday’s new announcement at the Google I/O!

    Much better than Talk. Although what will Messenger+ be used for? Shouldn’t they unify it with Hangouts too?

  • HaleemaKhan

    I did not get the point of embedding this on our own blog how would it be placed on my blog and how it will look like? I am just curious about. Would it be show as an iphone apps to download or it would be work itself in my blog?