Google Hangouts has just gone live in the Chrome Web Store and in the Google Play Store. Hangouts is the new unified messaging service available on the web, iOS and Android and will replace the current Google Talk application.
Unfortunately, there is a glitch which makes the application appear to not be compatible with tablets. Luckily, a fix is on the way.
Here are the features of Hangouts as listed in the Google Play Store:
Hit the links in the Source below to begin downloading the application and start hanging out with your friends and family.
Are you as excited as we are about Hangouts? Let us know in the comments.
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I cant wait to try it.
I still get the old chat in Chrome even after updating.
Sooo when will it get picture and video messages.. then ill join. got rid of talk because of that.
I can send pictures through the app. So I’m assuming Video should be possible as well.
pictures yes, videos, not in my experiences. i went to a video shot on my phone, and Shared it…..hangouts was not an option :(
either way, its going to be a chore to get my friends to use this over what we are already using (groupme) without SMS support.
I can install Hangouts on my international Galaxy S2 but it’s “not compatible with” my Nexus 7 ? How is that even slightly logical ?
It will download on my galaxy S3 but not my nexus 10. So I guess no tablet support. It is a shame, they could do it. Apple made I message available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and macs. Google can surely bring it to tablets.
“Unfortunately, there is a glitch which makes the application appear to not be compatible with tablets. Luckily, a fix is on the way.”
When will it support SMS Google voice or not MMS would be nice too. No one I know uses Gtalk or hangouts. Trying to get them on these services is such a hard thing to do as they are use to their standard sms and skype.
doesn’t work. updated to hangouts but still shows as talk
same here (india)
Same Here (Israel)
Can’t update on s4!
I love it…
Doesn’t show online status,sucks!
Agree…it’s basic for a messenger app…I can’t believe it.
Mine shows its Google hangouts in Google play but when I open the app its still Google talk ??
Release date for the service is Wednesday.
Misstake to use G+ as the base for Hangouts, my kids can’t use it because of the 13+ age restriction.
SMS wont die…yet….
Baby steps. Hope they will get rid of the Messenger from Google Plus. That still shows on my phone. As for those who say they have tried to update but still shows as talk, try doing it from the Google Play Store on your computer directly to your phone.
I assume there will be updates quick and fast for this one in the next couple of weeks. Google is notorious for releasing betas and have people try it first.
Ok, it seems really solid. I like it so far. However, there doesn’t seem to be a way to log out of the app, or make it stop running in the background! This worries me. Has anyone else found a way to do this??