Google is updating Google+ to add some new features for Hangouts. Android users can now create and join Hangouts from their smartphone or tablet. More notably, however, they can also join Hangouts on Air, which allows chatters to stream video calls with people from around the world, instead of just a close group of friends.
This is fantastic news as Hangouts on Air are among the most useful application of the already-awesome Hangouts feature. Also the users can join the Hangouts on Air public events right from the mobile. Previously, this feature was possible only if the Google+ was being used through a desktop browser.
Hangouts on Air, , also records to the Web video chats between up to 10 people, automatically uploading the broadcast to the user's YouTube channel, and adding a YouTube link to the Hangout post in Google+. The formerly desktop-only feature is now open to all Android users.
In addition to that update, Google+ for mobile now allows teens using both iOSand Android to create and join their own Hangouts from their handsets. Hangouts were initially only offered to adults, but earlier this year, Google softened its stance, allowing users who were 13-years-old-and-up to join the chats. Now, it's extending that policy to mobile products.
Other minor updates include Android's floating timestamp in the photos view, shortcuts for post creation, and the ability to report abuse in Events, as well as Instant Upload bug fixes to improve performance on iOS.
Google is going the extra mile with some brilliant updates to Google+ in order to attract the traffic from its rivals Facebook and Twitter.
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