Today, Google pushed an update to the Hangouts feature of their social network, Google+. Included in the update are a few features that I’m sure plenty of you have been screaming for, so get ready to celebrate.
The biggest addition to us is that you will no longer need to refresh a page after a broadcast starts. Once the Hangout goes live, it will start playing on your device. It’s about time, Google! Beyond that, you can now rewind live broadcasts as they air, will no longer need to wait a bit after your Hangout to see it live on YouTube, and Hangouts On Air should look better on mobile devices thanks to improvements.
Rewind live broadcasts. Regardless when you start watching, you can always go back to the beginning.
Access recordings immediately after your broadcast. Once you’re no longer On Air, your recording will be waiting for you on YouTube.
Watch higher quality Hangouts On Air on the go. If you’re tuning in from your mobile device, you’ll notice better-looking video.
Start live broadcasts without having to refresh. When you visit a page with a Hangout On Air (like Events or YouTube), the video will begin playing as soon as the show starts — no refresh required.
What’s great is that this changelog will greatly impact The Droid Life Show, so we are happy to test out these new features tomorrow night during episode 24!