Today at Google’s annual I/O conference they released a new messaging service that combines Gmail and Google+ chat into one service. This service is called Google Hangouts. This one simple app integrates and combines all of your mobile devices and computers. Much like how Apple’s iMessage “works” (iMessage syncing on OSX can be problematic). This app will be available on iOS, Android, OSX, and Windows. Sorry, Microsoft phone, you’re out of luck. This all in one service allows you to send text, emojis, photos, and videos. You can even start a “hangout”, a fancy name for video call. However, there is not SMS or texting through cellular networks available yet. So, you will be limited to the friends you have on Google Plus. Which, for me, is few and most of them are inactive. It would be great if more people started joining Google+ so people like me could actually take advantage of the service.
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