If you haven’t already seen it, Google has been running its new Google+ Hangouts commercial all over Youtube. The commercial showcases the ability to video chat with up to 9 friends at the same time all from your mobile (Android) device. Take a look:


Well if you ever wanted to have a beat boxing face off, now you can. On the other hand, if you can’t beat box or rap, Google Plus Hangouts lets you:

  • Chill with friends that are scrolling through the web, just like you!
  • Use live video chat that puts you in the same room together!
  • Coordinate plans, whether it’s working on a project or meeting up for coffee.
  • Maybe you’re bored. Start a hangout, invite your circles, see who’s around!

Google says that there is at least 5 different ways to start Hanging out with your friends:

  • If you invite people to join a hangout, a post will appear in their stream telling them that there’s a hangout going on, along with all the people in that hangout currently.
  • If 25 or fewer people are invited, they’ll receive a notification that they’ve been invited to join a hangout.
  • If you invite individuals that are signed in to chat, they’ll receive an IM with a link to join.
  • If someone invited to a hangout tries to start their own, they’ll be told that there’s a hangout already going on and they may want to join that one instead.
  • Since the hangout you’re in is visible by the circles of the other hangout participants, people you don’t know may learn that you’re hanging out.

Google+ has really taken off ever since it started back when Google Buzz completely failed. In addition, it has really began to pose a threat to Facebook. Although Google Plus is no where near where Facebook is in terms of users, Android and other Google users are starting to find that Google+ is becoming easier and easier to use with their other Google products. More specifically, Google has directly integrated its social network into its operating system and also its search engine and browser. For more information on hangouts, take a look at Google instructional video.