Google has just announced Hangouts. Which is their new cross-platform messaging service. It was previously named Babel. It works cross-platform and it’ll be available on Chrome, Android and iOS today. This is combining Google Talk, Google+ Hangouts, and Google Messenger all into one app. It’s a standalone app with a brand new green icon. It also uses Google’s new Card UI, which is something I’m loving right now.
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With Hangouts you’ll be able to bring conversations to life with photos, emoji and video calls. This is a great product, and personally I can’t wait to play with it later today. It’ll be on the Play Store later on today, and it should work on most versions of Android.
The Hangouts app will present a list of people that you can have conversations with, as well as video call. Each conversation also gets it’s own name, sorta like a chat room back in the old days. You can also do a video chat with up to 10 people. Sounds fun right?
Lots more features coming for Hangouts later today as this is still developing.