Google Hangouts up to date with SMS help, animated GIFs and auto improve for video calls
Google’s Vic Gundotra introduced some enhancements to Google Hangouts in the present day, together with help for SMS, animated GIFs and site sharing. Whereas help for animated GIFs is certain to ship the BuzzFeed trustworthy right into a tizzy, it is SMS integration that is the really main information. The function was rumored to be coming in Android four.four, which we already know will embrace help for altering the default SMS deal withr. Now you will not have to make use of the separate SMS software included in your telephone, textual content messages will merely be delivered to Hangouts the identical approach immediate messages are. Clearly this is only one extra step in Google’s modularization of Android, slowly breaking up the “inventory” OS into simply installable bits. Sadly, there’s nonetheless no phrase on integrating Google Voice with the burgeoning messaging platform. Location sharing can also be being baked in, with a easy button (subsequent to the button used to insert photographs) that locates you on Google maps and allows you to dump it into your open chat.
Hangouts is getting main boosts outdoors of the cellular app as nicely. For one, the corporate is including its auto improve magic to video calls. So, ought to a participant in your Hangout carelessly place themselves in entrance of a window, turning their visage into nothing greater than a head-formed silhouette, Google will mechanically modify distinction and brightness ranges to treatment the state of affairs. Video calls will even default to HD, no matter whether or not you are on cellular of desktop.
Hangouts on Air can also be getting a bevy of updates that may undoubtedly be welcome with open arms. For one, once you schedule a broadcast, it creates a devoted touchdown web page that integrates with Google+ occasions, hosts a countdown timer and lists RSVPs. Hosts may even submit a trailer or run pre-present Q&A periods. The clear objective is to enhance the power of customers to advertise On-Air hangouts and push the platform farther into the mainstream. In fact, no overhaul of this scale can be full and not using a new UI, which lets hosts that permits drop in different movies, modify audio ranges and even boot hassle makers from the Hangout.
The brand new model of the cellular app will begin rolling out over the subsequent a number of days, whereas the brand new On Air options are anticipated to take a number of weeks to complete rolling out.